Explicit Materials: Tuesday, the House will vote on Del. Durant’s HB 1009, similar to my HB786, based on the legislation then-Governor McAuliff vetoed in 2016 and 2017, and misrepresented during last year’s campaign. This bill says that if any public K-12 school instructional material includes sexually explicit content, the school must notify the parents, permit the parents to review the sexually explicit instructional material, and provide alternative, nonexplicit instructional material and related academic activities to any student whose parent so requests. SB 656 is identical, and has already passed the Senate.
Education Savings Accounts: My HB 1024 will provide Parental Choice Education Savings Accounts to parents who withdraw their children from public schools if their family income is less than or equal to 300 percent of the poverty guidelines; or a parent is an active duty member in the U.S. Armed Forces, or the student receives special education pursuant to an IEP; or the student is the victim of harassment, hazing, bullying, kidnapping, robbery, sexual offenses, assault, battery, threat, or intimidation on school property. I did have a broader bill which would have allowed ESA’s for anyone withdrawing from public schools, but HB 1024 made it out of the Education and Appropriations Committees, and will be voted on Tuesday.
Critical Race Theory and other Divisive Concepts: Our schools need to teach kids how to think, not what to think. After shocking learning loss over the last two years, we need to focus on teaching the basics, not on indoctrinating students. My HB787 allows teaching about all sides of any issue, but makes sure that teachers aren’t doing so in a way that furthers division, or takes sides and indoctrinates or intimidates kids to take a certain position.
Family Life Education: Over the last few years, many parents have been shocked at some of the things being taught in this optional course, meaning that they weren’t aware before their students were taught some very difficult issues. My HB 789 would ensure that parents are notified of the FLE courses and be prompted to review the curriculum by requiring parental approval to opt-in rather than the current default of kids participating unless parents pull them out.
Homeschoolers Participating in Sports: Another longstanding effort is moving through the legislature, passing the House 50-49 on Friday - the "Tebow Bill", this year introduced by Del. Marie March as HB 511, to allow homeschool participation in public school interscholastic competitions.
Please contact the Senate Education and Health Committee urging them to support these bills.
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