Florida rule would expand so-called 'don't say gay' to 12th grade

March 23, 2023

A proposed State Board of Education rule, scheduled for a vote next month, says teachers in grades 4 to 12 “shall not intentionally provide classroom instruction” on either topic, expanding the prohibition in last year’s law that critics dubbed “don’t say gay.” Teachers who violate the rule could face suspension or revocation of their teaching licenses. Education Commissioner Manny Diaz, the department’s top administrator, signed off on it, documents show. The seven-member board is made up of appointees of Gov. The board officially hired Diaz, a former Republican lawmaker from Miami-Dade County, but he was picked for the job by DeSantis last spring. “Parents have the right and God-given responsibility to guide their children’s upbringing,” said Sen. Clay Yarborough, R-Jacksonville, and sponsor of the Senate legislation (SB 1320), during a committee hearing Monday.