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Parents’ Bill of Rights Approved by House Education Committee

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Yesterday morning, the North Carolina House Committee on Education passed SB 49—Parents’ Bill of Rights, a bill that clarifies and codifies parents’ rights when it comes to their child’s education and health care. It will now proceed to the House Rules Committee.

Sponsored by Senators Amy Galey (R-Alamance), Michael Lee (R-New Hanover), and Lisa Barnes (R-Franklin), Senate Bill 49 would:

  • Allow parents access to review textbooks and other instructional materials upon request, along with procedures to express concerns;
  • Prohibit schools from teaching lessons on “gender identity, sexual activity, or sexuality” in kindergarten through fourth grade;
  • Enable parents to consent or withhold consent to their child’s participation in certain activities and instruction;
  • Require teachers to inform parents if their child has requested a change in name or pronouns prior to making any alterations to the student’s identity in school records or by school personnel; and
  • Require healthcare practitioners to obtain written parental consent before providing treatment to a minor child.

Please contact your State House member and urge him or her to SUPPORT the Parents’ Bill of Rights!

You can learn more about what’s in the Parents’ Bill of Rights here.


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