Parents to Rally at Capitol for Sex-Ed Transparency Bill
A parents’ rights group in California is planning to hold a rally at the state capitol next Wednesday when the Senate Education Committee meets to vote on a bill requiring greater transparency regarding sex education curriculum.
SB 673, inspired by a parent and authored by Senator Mike Morrell, would require elementary schools to put the curriculum online for parental review and allow parents to opt into having it taught to their children.
Morrell’s bill is an amendment to AB-329 that was passed on Jan. 1, 2016. AB-329 and is described as “comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention education,” according to the California Department of Education.
“Parents have the right to know what lessons are being covered in the classroom,” said Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga). “We want them to be engaged and involved in the education of their children. This sensitive material needs to be transparent.”
According to Sen. Morrell’s website, SB 673 would amend state law to:
- Require school districts that adopt elementary-age comprehensive sexual health and HIV prevention curriculum to make the materials available on their websites.
- Restore the right of parents of elementary-age students (TK-6th grade) to opt their children in to comprehensive sexual health and HIV prevention education courses, rather than having to opt-out.
SB 673 is set to be considered at a full hearing of the Senate Education Committee on January 15, 2020 at 9 a.m. in Room 4203 at the State Capitol in Sacramento.