Florida Senate - 2017 SENATOR AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 436 Ì579438RÎ579438 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House . . . Floor: WD/2R . 03/21/2017 12:20 PM . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Senator Rader moved the following: 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 3 Delete everything after the enacting clause 4 and insert: 5 Section 1. Subsection (25) is added to section 1002.20, 6 Florida Statutes, to read: 7 1002.20 K-12 student and parent rights.—Parents of public 8 school students must receive accurate and timely information 9 regarding their child’s academic progress and must be informed 10 of ways they can help their child to succeed in school. K-12 11 students and their parents are afforded numerous statutory 12 rights including, but not limited to, the following: 13 (25) RELIGIOUS LIBERTIES.— 14 (a) Religious expression.—A student may express his or her 15 religious beliefs in coursework, artwork, and other written and 16 oral assignments free from discrimination. A student’s homework 17 and classroom assignments shall be evaluated, regardless of 18 their religious content, based on expected academic standards 19 relating to the course curriculum and requirements. A student 20 may not be penalized or rewarded based on the religious content 21 of his or her work if the coursework, artwork, or other written 22 or oral assignments require a student’s viewpoint to be 23 expressed. 24 (b) Religious jewelry.—A student may wear jewelry that 25 displays a religious message or symbol in the same manner and to 26 the same extent that secular types of jewelry that display 27 messages or symbols are permitted to be worn. 28 (c) Religious organization.—A student may organize prayer 29 groups, religious clubs, and other religious gatherings before, 30 during, and after the school day in the same manner and to the 31 same extent that a student is permitted to organize secular 32 activities and groups. A religious group may be given access to 33 the same school facilities for assembling as given to secular 34 groups without discrimination based on the religious content of 35 the group’s expression. A group that meets for prayer or other 36 religious speech may advertise or announce its meetings in the 37 same manner and to the same extent that a secular group may 38 advertise or announce its meetings. 39 40 The rights as provided in this subsection may be enforced under 41 chapter 761. 42 Section 2. Section 1002.205, Florida Statutes, is amended 43 to read: 44 1002.205 Guidelines on religious expression; distribution. 45 The Department of Education shall each year distribute for 46 informational purposes to all district school board members, 47 district school superintendents, school principals, and teachers 48 the entire guidelines on “Religious Expression in Public 49 Schools” published by the United States Department of Education, 50 as updated from time to time. In addition, a school district may 51 not prevent school personnel from participating in religious 52 activities on school grounds which are initiated by students at 53 reasonable times before or after the school day if such 54 activities are voluntary and do not conflict with the 55 responsibilities or assignments of such personnel. The rights as 56 provided in this section may be enforced under chapter 761. 57 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017. 58 59 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 60 And the title is amended as follows: 61 Delete everything before the enacting clause 62 and insert: 63 A bill to be entitled 64 An act relating to religious expression in public 65 schools; amending s. 1002.20, F.S.; prohibiting 66 penalty or reward for a student’s religious expression 67 in coursework, artwork, or other specified 68 assignments; authorizing a student to wear jewelry 69 displaying religious messages or symbols; authorizing 70 a student to organize prayer groups, religious clubs, 71 and other religious gatherings; authorizing religious 72 groups to have equal access to school facilities; 73 authorizing religious groups to advertise or announce 74 meetings in the same manner and to the same extent as 75 secular groups; authorizing the enforcement of such 76 student rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration 77 Act of 1998; amending s. 1002.205, F.S.; prohibiting a 78 school district from preventing school personnel from 79 participating in voluntary, student-initiated 80 religious activities on school grounds under specified 81 circumstances; authorizing the enforcement of the 82 right to such participation under the Religious 83 Freedom Restoration Act of 1998; providing an 84 effective date.