Florida Senate - 2017 SENATOR AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 436 Ì7921565Î792156 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House . . . Floor: WD . 05/04/2017 10:24 AM . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Senator Baxley moved the following: 1 Senate Amendment to House Amendment (471677) (with title 2 amendment) 3 4 Delete lines 5 - 58 5 and insert: 6 Section 1. Religious expression in public schools.— 7 (1) This section may be cited as the “Florida Student and 8 School Personnel Religious Liberties Act.” 9 (2) A school district may not discriminate against a 10 student, parent, or school personnel on the basis of a religious 11 viewpoint or religious expression. A school district shall treat 12 a student’s voluntary expression of a religious viewpoint on an 13 otherwise permissible subject in the same manner that the school 14 district treats a student’s voluntary expression of a secular 15 viewpoint. 16 (3)(a) A student may express his or her religious beliefs 17 in coursework, artwork, and other written and oral assignments 18 free from discrimination. A student’s homework and classroom 19 assignments shall be evaluated, regardless of their religious 20 content, based on expected academic standards relating to the 21 course curriculum and requirements. A student may not be 22 penalized or rewarded based on the religious content of his or 23 her work if the coursework, artwork, or other written or oral 24 assignments require a student’s viewpoint to be expressed. 25 (b) A student may wear clothing, accessories, and jewelry 26 that display a religious message or symbol in the same manner 27 and to the same extent that secular types of clothing, 28 accessories, and jewelry that display messages or symbols are 29 permitted to be worn. 30 (4)(a) A student may pray or engage in religious activities 31 or religious expression before, during, and after the school day 32 in the same manner and to the same extent that a student may 33 engage in secular activities or expression. A student may 34 organize prayer groups, religious clubs, and other religious 35 gatherings before, during, and after the school day in the same 36 manner and to the same extent that a student is permitted to 37 organize secular activities and groups. 38 (b)1. A school district may not prevent school personnel 39 from participating in religious activities on school grounds 40 that are initiated by students at reasonable times before or 41 after the school day if such activities are voluntary and do not 42 conflict with the responsibilities or assignments of such 43 personnel. 44 2. A school district shall comply with the federal 45 requirements in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which 46 prohibits an employer from discriminating against an employee on 47 the basis of religion. 48 (c) A school district shall give a religious group access 49 to the same school facilities for assembling as given to secular 50 groups without discrimination based on the religious content of 51 the group’s expression. A group that meets for prayer or other 52 religious speech may advertise or announce its meetings in the 53 same manner and to the same extent that a secular group may 54 advertise or announce its meetings. 55 (5)(a) A school district shall adopt a policy that 56 establishes a limited public forum for student speakers at any 57 school event at which a student is to speak publicly. The 58 limited public forum policy shall require the school district 59 to: 60 1. Provide the forum in a manner that does not discriminate 61 against a student’s voluntary expression of a religious 62 viewpoint on an otherwise permissible subject; 63 2. Provide a method based on neutral criteria for the 64 selection of student speakers at school events, activities, and 65 graduation ceremonies; 66 3. Ensure that a student speaker does not engage in 67 obscene, vulgar, offensively lewd, or indecent speech; and 68 4. State in written or oral form that the student’s speech 69 does not reflect the endorsement, sponsorship, position, or 70 expression of the school district. 71 (b) The school district shall deliver the disclaimer 72 required in subparagraph (a)4. at all graduation events and any 73 other event at which a student speaks publicly. 74 (c) Student expression of a religious viewpoint on an 75 otherwise permissible subject may not be excluded from the 76 limited public forum. 77 (6) The Department of Education shall develop a model 78 policy regarding a limited public forum and voluntary expression 79 of religious viewpoints by students and school personnel in 80 public schools pursuant to this section. The department shall 81 publish the model policy on its website. Each district school 82 board shall adopt and implement the department’s model policy. 83 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017. 84 85 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 86 And the title is amended as follows: 87 Delete lines 64 - 84 88 and insert: 89 An act relating to religious expression in public 90 schools; providing a short title; prohibiting a school 91 district from discriminating against students, 92 parents, or school personnel on the basis of religious 93 viewpoints or expression; prohibiting penalty or 94 reward for a student’s religious expression in 95 coursework, artwork, or other specified assignments; 96 authorizing a student to wear clothing, accessories, 97 and jewelry displaying religious messages or symbols; 98 authorizing a student to pray or engage in religious 99 activities or expression; authorizing a student to 100 organize prayer groups, religious clubs, and other 101 religious gatherings; prohibiting a school district 102 from preventing school personnel from participating in 103 voluntary, student-initiated religious activities on 104 school grounds under specified circumstances; 105 requiring a school district to comply with the federal 106 requirements in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 107 1964; requiring that a school district provide 108 religious groups with equal access to school 109 facilities; authorizing religious groups to advertise 110 or announce meetings in the same manner and to the 111 same extent as secular groups; requiring that a school 112 district adopt a limited public forum policy and 113 deliver a disclaimer at school events; requiring that 114 the Department of Education develop and publish a 115 model policy regarding a limited public forum and 116 religious expression; requiring that each district 117 school board adopt and implement such model policy; 118 providing an effective date.