AP) – Schools would be barred from giving sex education lessons to students without their parents’ consent under a bill before the Kansas Legislature.
The House Education Committee held a hearing on the bill Tuesday that would require school districts to share any sexual education materials with parents and obtain their written consent before teaching it to their children. Several parents and teachers testified in favor of the bill, saying that while some districts have already instituted similar policies, many districts do not properly inform parents about potentially inappropriate material in curriculums.
Opponents included two pastors and a priest, who testified the bill would deprive children of information important to their health.
An identical bill was endorsed by the committee last year, but did not pass beyond the House floor.