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
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