On December 13, 2022
By Deirdre Ruth
Filed with the Florida Department of Education
The Broward School Board voted 6-2 to continue the ADL's “No Place for Hate” curriculum in Broward Schools. This curriculum is riddled with CRT and includes materials on sexual orientation and gender identity materials that is in direct violation of the House bill HB 1557 the Parental Rights in Education Law. I am attaching all of the supporting information of the specific violations.
Page 12 (see attached) tells the schools to survey the students to see what diverse and equity issues are in the school. How does a program implemented into a school just survey children without the parents being aware of what this survey contains and their permission. Page 12 also gives you a link for their education resources. I clicked the link and here is one of their resources for teachers. It's
about schools using Anti Critical race theory Laws to ban books. As if this is a topic that the teachers should be teaching or using this resource to influence the children.
Schools Are Using Anti-Critical Race Theory Laws to Ban Children’s Literature | ADL
Page 21 in the ADL Resource Guide (see attached) Stating "if we want young people to understand how to engage in changing systems and society it's critical that adults encourage them to do so". that "the first step is to facilitate students learning about the issues in a rigorous and complex way and then be involved in action, advocacy and/or activism". I ask how can a school board push advocacy and activism onto our children?
Page 24 and 25 is a direct violation of HB 1557 Titled Let's Get it Right: Using Correct Pronouns and Names. Both of these pages are a violation and encourages teachers to violate the law by telling them to do a "get to know you survey" and then asking them to pick their gender pronouns ( page 24 3rd and second to last paragraph). Page 25 goes as far as telling the teachers that if they know the students correct pronouns and names, use them in class and do not rely on "official" or roster information.
Now to the curriculum I am categorizing these violations within the law. Here are the findings by school levels
Page 30 shows Ally College for elementary students when you click on the link it leads you to this resource. It clearly starts to cross the lines when it states boys get picked on for looking too girly and girls get picked on for looking too boyish. Clearly indicating gender identity ideology.
Page 33 all grade levels
Grade level: All Grade Levels Use these short films (10 minutes or less) to engage the whole school in conversations about identity, diversity, bias and social justice. Select one or more of the films and view them in class, as a whole school or individually if in remote learning situations. After watching, ask students the following questions (and add more to be more specific) including: What were your thoughts and feelings while watching the film? What is the message of the film? How did the film challenge your thinking? What did you learn about identity, bias, diversity or social justice? You can also engage students in one of these follow up activities: have them write a reflection on the film, make a video recording with their thoughts and reflections, create their own short film on a related topic, or create comic strips based on memorable or impactful scenes. Another idea is to have a schoolwide mini-films festival and watch several films and then compare and contrast them. Suggested films: Float, In a Heartbeat, The Present, Wind, Hair Love, Have You Ever Had a Lunchbox Moment?, Rising (Ad Council), Love Has No Labels: Skeletons, Different and Burger King Bullying Jr.
Also on Page 33 is the One Book One School curriculum. When you click on the link it leads the teacher to use the activity it suggests the teachers to use ADL's book of the month list books.
Here are some of the titles that the ADL recommends to the elementary children that are not appropriate.
Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag | ADL https://www.adl.org/pride-story-harvey-milk-and-rainbow-flag
Jacob's New Dress (adl.org) https://www.adl.org/jacobs-new-dress
Stella Brings The Family (adl.org) https://www.adl.org/stella-brings-family
George (adl.org) https://www.adl.org/george
Enough! 20 Protesters Who Changed America | ADL https://www.adl.org/enough-20-protesters-who-changed-america
Calvin | ADL https://www.adl.org/calvin
Calvin has always been a boy, even if the world sees him as a girl. He knows who he is in his heart and in his mind but he hasn't yet told his family. Finally, he can wait no longer: "I'm not a girl," he tells his family. "I'm a boy--a boy in my heart and in my brain." Quick to support him, his loving family takes Calvin shopping for the swim trunks he's always wanted, back-to-school clothes and a new haircut that helps him look and feel like the boy he's always known himself to be. As the first day of school approaches, he's nervous and the "what-ifs" gather up inside him. But as his friends and teachers rally around him and he tells them his name, all his "what-ifs" begin to melt away.
A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart | ADL https://www.adl.org/place-inside-me-poem-heal-heart
Call Me Max | ADL https://www.adl.org/call-me-max
Page 34 Just Like Me for all grade levels On-Screen Diversity: Why Visibility in Media Matters | ADLwhen you click on the link it takes you to a lesson plan that also describes race, gender identity for all ages this is categorized. Many Families also in the Curriculum also talks of gender identity.
Report by Broward Schools Parent Dierdre Ruth. December 15, 2022. Submitted to Governor Ron DeSantis, The Broward School Board Members and the Florida Department of Education, Manny Diaz, Jr, Secretary