HB19-1032 Comprehensive Sexual Education Bill 

Bill Summary: HB19-1032 PASSED House of Representatives moved to Senate Committee -has a $1 million price-tag, to come from state resources.  It would be non-statutory legislative declaration that clarifies content requirements for public schools that offer comprehensive human sexuality education – and requires an annual report.

·      The bill amends current law to prohibitinstruction from explicitly or implicitly teaching or endorsing religious ideology or sectarian tenets or doctrines, e.g. abstinence – and forbids discussion about religious concerns students may have; using shame-based or stigmatizing language or instructional tools; employing gender norms or gender stereotypes; or excluding the relational or sexual experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender individuals…

·      It would add8 representatives to the oversight entity - at least 7 of whom would be required to be members of groups of people who havebeen - or might be- discriminated against; 

·      It would providepriority for grants to rural public schools, or public schools that don’t yet offer comprehensive human sexuality education.

·      The bill would prohibitthe CO State Board of Education from waivingthe content requirements for any public school that provides comprehensive human sexuality education. (Note:  The SBE is separately elected - so this would be an overstep.)

·      Parents would not be able to opt their children outof sexual or LGBTQ materials - when taught in their regular classes. 

 

Bill Sponsors:  are Reps. Susan Lontine (D) and Yadira Caraveo (D), and Sen. Nancy Todd (D) and Don Coram (R)

 

Comment:  The Bill would transfer parental control of children’s sex education to government dictates.  

 

Bill Status:  Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services

 

General Notes:  

·       If you wish to reach the Governor’s office:  https://www.colorado.gov/governor/share-your-comments

·       If you wish to reach your Senator, call: 303-866-2316, and/or yourRepresentative, call: 303-866-2904.