A Florida school made parents sign permission slips to let their kids participate in Black History Month events

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A Florida school made parents sign permission slips to let their kids participate in Black History Month events

Parents at a Florida school were asked to sign off on their students’ attendance at Black History Month events, a local outlet reported.

WPLG reported that parents at iPrep Academy in Miami received permission slips asking them whether they wanted their kids to participate in February’s Black History Month activities.

The offerings include schoolwide and classroom-based presentations “showcasing the achievements and recognizing the rich and diverse traditions, histories, and innumerable contributions of the Black communities,” WPLG reported.

One parent, Jill Peeling, told the local news station she was shocked by the form, which would allow parents to remove their children from classes highlighting Black accomplishments.

“I’m concerned as a citizen,” she told WPLG, adding that she initially thought she’d misunderstood the form.

Steve Gallon, a member of the Miami-Dade School Board, told WPLG that the policy aligned with a recent state board rule, an extension of the Parents’ Bill Of Rights.

“We have to follow the law,” Gallon told the local news station.

He added: “Something feels very off here, and the fact that the school needs to cover themselves against the state feels even worse.”

Florida’s Department of Education, in a statement sent to Business Insider, called the story a “media driven lie.”

“Any insinuation that students need permission to study African American history is absolutely false,” it said.

Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida has made Florida’s schools a battleground for the culture wars, implementing measures such as banning teaching on sexual orientation and gender identity and controlling pronoun use.

His administration has also introduced laws banning books and initiatives for diversity, equity, and inclusion at universities.

DeSantis has framed this as a war on “woke” and an expansion of parental rights. But his critics have decried it as encroachments on academic freedom and human rights.

Marvin Dunn, a professor at Florida International University whose work focuses on schooling practices and race relations, told WPLG he’s concerned that decisions like this latest one would have detrimental effects.

He said there would be “unequal learning” among students on Black history.

Dunn linked the move to DeSantis’ wider agenda, which he described as an attack on education that would “make teachers more cautious about what they teach, and it’s working.”

iPrep Academy did not immediately respond to BI’s request for comment, which was sent outside normal operating hours.

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