Florida officials blast Miami school about permission slips for Black history event

February 16, 2024

But state officials criticized the move, saying the policy is an “absurd” interpretation of a state rule that they say is perpetuating a “hoax” that students in Florida need permission to learn about Black history. In Seminole County, parents have also been asked to sign permission slips for participation in Black History Month, according to a copy obtained and reviewed by the Miami Herald. Ben Gibson, the chair of the State Board of Education, sent it to Coral Way’s principal, Barbara Martin. DeSantis says it’s gone too farHowever, Gibson said that the book-reading activity at Coral Way fell under the “routine curricular activities” and didn’t require parental permission. “Florida does not require a permission slip to teach African American history or to celebrate Black History Month,” he wrote Tuesday on X.