Alternative "parents rights" bills before the Education Committee to watch out for
We can't believe this. These four misguided bills were filed by "friends", but without our knowledge.
Like the new Parents Rights Bill (S321), these four other bills would each replace the current Parental Notification Law! But none of them would give the needed protections that our bill would. And three of them would actually weaken the current law!! Maybe the supporters of these bills are just misguided or (as often the case in the State House) misinformed. But these bills must not be allowed to supercede the Parents Rights Bill.
Bill H465 - "AN ACT RELATIVE TO PARENTAL NOTIFICATION AND CONSENT
This isn't a "bad" bill -- in fact, it's the EXACT opt-in bill that WE wrote and filed last session. How did it get re-filed? We don't have a clue. Its co-sponsors are the House Republicans. (Interestingly, many of them wouldn't co-sponsor it last year, when we really needed them!) The trouble is that this bill is not as inclusive as the new Parents Rights Bill and does not deal with surveys, which have become a huge problem.
Bill H541 - "AN ACT RELATIVE TO PARENTAL NOTIFICATION AND CONSENT
This bill takes some of the "opt-in" wording from the bill we wrote last session (see H456, above) but takes out the "sexual orientation" languages, and removes some other wording. But without specifically covering "sexual orientation", this bill is a disaster. School systems, including David Parker's claim that it's not covered unless it is specifically mentioned.
Bill H521 - AN ACT REQUIRING PARENTAL CONSENT ON SEX EDUCATION IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
This is even worse than the two above. It waters down the current law considerably! It merely deals with "sex education" and nothing else. At least the current law also extends to "human sexuality issues." Also, it's not opt-in, although it does include a teacaher conscience clause.
Bill H509 - "AN ACT RELATIVE TO PARENTAL NOTIFICATION AND CONSENT
This is the worst of all! Although ostensibly it is an opt-in bill, it would allow a school principal or his designee to override the wishes of the parents!!