Dads of Florida, Inc.
P. O. Box 550231
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33355-0231
(954) 493-9763 www.dadsofflorida.org
December 17, 2005
Commissioner Charlie Crist
Florida Department of Education
The Capitol Building
Tallahassee, Florida 32311
Dear Commissioner Crist;
The Legislature in its last session addressed a serious problem.
In short, the problem was that: school administrators were obstructing non-custodial parents, without lawful cause, from having any contact with their child's teachers. It appears, in part, that these administrators were using the legal Motion of state created "custody", as the masquerade to thwart and subvert meaningful parent-teacher conferences.
Committee Substitute for House Bill No. 215 (Parental Rights/School Records) was unanimously passed by both the Mouse and Senate, and was quickly approved by the Governor on April 16, 2001. The law took effect on July 1, 2001 (Laws of Florida Ch. 2001-2)
I would request that the Department disseminate this new law information to Florida's school boards, so, that the new law will truly reach all principals statewide at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, both at out public and private schools. Also, notification to the Florida School Boards Association and the Private Schools Associations of Florida would be most helpful.
Particular thanks go out to Sen. Campbell and Rep. Cusack for their work on behalf of Florida's divorced parents, so they could be more involved in their children's education. Leadership was required on this vital educational matter and Sen. Campbell and Rep. Cusack meet the challenge.
Most Respectfully yours,
Tony Spalding, Pres.
cc: Senator Walter Campbell
State Representative Cusack
Florida's Commission on Responsible Fatherhood
enc: copy of new law
Ch. 2001-2 LAWS OF FLORIDA Ch. 2001-2
Committee Substitute for House Bill No. 215
An act relating to parental rights; amending s. 81.13, F.S.; providing
that specified rights apply to both patents; providing an effective
Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
Section I. Paragraph (b) of subsection (2) of section 61, 13, Florida Statutes, is amended to read
3. Access to records and information pertaining to a minor child, including, but not limited to, medical, dental, and school records, may not be denied to a parent because the parent is not the child's primary residential parent, Full rights under this subparagraph apply to either parent unless a court order specifically revokes these rights, including any restrictions on these rights as provided in a domestic violence injunction. A parent having rights under this subparagraph has the same rights upon request as to form, substance and manner of access as are available to the other parent of a child, including without limitation, the right to in-person communication with medical, dental, and education providers.
Section 2, This act shall take effect July 1. 2001
Approved by the Governor April 16, 2001
Filed in Office Secretary of State April 16, 2001.