The legislation has drawn scrutiny from legislators and activists across the country.
The law forbids schools from teaching young children about sexual orientation and gender identity before the topics are age appropriate, blocking formal instruction from kindergarten through third grade classrooms.
While the law bars formal instruction, it does not effect casual conversation or classroom instruction starting from fourth grade. Critics, ranging from Democrat politicians to celebrities, say the law is too broad. President Joe Biden called it “hateful”.
But Republicans say the measure is reasonable and that parents, not educators, should introduce sensitive topics to their children.
“We will make sure that parents can send their kids to school to get an education, not an indoctrination,” DeSantis said during the signing ceremony.
The law’s sponsor, Joe Harding (R-FL), said it was not intended to discourage spontaneous discussions about gender identity, but it would prevent districts from integrating those topics into early childhood curriculum.