TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Supporters of Kansas legislation requiring parental consent for students to receive sex education in public schools say it would force parents to become more active participants in the subject matter.
The bill heard Tuesday by the House Education Committee would make the consent requirement a statewide police. Currently, each district decides whether parents must agree to have their children take sex education.
The measure was drafted in response to a January incident in Johnson County’s Shawnee Mission district. A suggestive poster used in sex education classes was posted on a classroom door in view of students not authorized by their parents to receive sex education.
Legislators say a statewide policy should override local school board decisions.