Gradebook podcast: Parent rights in Florida schools - Should they be stronger?

An interview with Sarasota School Board member Bridget Ziegler.
Sarasota County School Board member Bridget Ziegler [Courtesy Bridget Ziegler Facebook page]
Sarasota County School Board member Bridget Ziegler [Courtesy Bridget Ziegler Facebook page]
Published April 25
Updated April 25

Many conservatives in Florida contend that parents should have a greater say in the education and care of their children. Schools have a role to play, they say, but should not be allowed to substitute their judgment for that of parents — even when children attempt to assert their own rights to privacy.

Florida lawmakers have proposed a new section to state statute (SB 1726) outlining the rights they believe parents should have enshrined in law, assuring that school districts and other governments cannot keep them from fully participating in the raising of their children.

Sarasota County School Board member Bridget Ziegler, who helped write the legislation and stands among the most ardent supporters, speaks with reporter Jeff Solochek about the initiative and why she thinks parents need a stronger voice written into law.

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