Time short for legislators to advance sex-ed bill to governor

Monday, May 20, 2019
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

high school teacher calling on studentA bill that would require greater transparency and parental input when it comes to sex education classes in Texas' public schools is a step closer to reality.

SB 784 has passed out of the State Senate and gone to the House for deliberation. The measure is sponsored by three state senators: Bryan Hughes (R-Dist. 1), Donna Campbell (R-Dist. 25), and Royce West (D-Dist. 23). Hughes, the author of the bill, told the Austin American-Statesman earlier this month that during committee hearings, parents testified that – in their opinion – much of the material in the sex-ed curriculum wasn't age-appropriate.

"Something this sensitive should have as much parental input as possible," the Republican lawmaker stated. And when asked if he was implying schools weren't to be trusted in teaching sex education to children, he responded: "Well, we ultimately trust our parents."

Nicole Hudgens of Texas Values explains that if passed, the legislation would clear up some of the transparency problems parents have been complaining about when it comes to sex-ed classes.

Hudgens

"… We've had parents call us where that transparency has not taken place," the policy analyst explains. "There were problems in Fort Worth; there have been problems in Austin."

The legislative session will end on May 27, but Hudgens remains hopeful the bill will make it through the House and be signed by the governor.

"The House does have time to do it [but] time's running out," she shares. "You're starting to get to the end of the session deadlines that are coming up. But the House does have time to quickly hear this bill and get this to the House floor."

The bill requires a school to mail, on request, a copy of all curriculum materials to parents and also post them on the school's website.

SB 784 would become effective immediately upon passage or on September 1, 2019.

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