Amid backlash over New Jersey’s sexuality education standards for K-12, one Republican lawmaker is going the way of Florida’s GOP and pursuing a bill which would restrict to what extent public school teachers can provide instruction on sexuality and gender identity in the classroom.
The Epoch Times reported last week that state Sen. Edward Durr introduced Senate Bill 2648 last Monday, which closely resembles Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Act, signed into law by Republican Governor Ron DeSantis earlier this year.
However, the Times notes, Durr’s bill “goes further than the Florida law to ban schools from teaching on those topics for students in grades K through 6.” The Florida bill only restricts sexuality education through 3rd grade.
The proposed New Jersey bill also “requires school districts to not teach students in grades 7 through 12 on such topics unless they have obtained written permission from the student’s parent or guardian” and those whose parents do not provide written consent may be excused from such lessons without academic recourse.
The bill also empowers parents to sue the school district should the requirements of the bill be violated, and districts would also be at risk of having state funds withheld if they disregard its stipulations.
“I have heard from countless parents throughout South Jersey who have expressed anger and frustration in response to this new curriculum,” Durr, a former trucker who unseated long-time Democrat lawmaker Steve Sweeney last year, said while vowing to introduce such legislation last month.
We have reported on the outrage from parents and Durr’s fellow lawmakers over New Jersey’s troubling sexuality education standards which are slated to be implemented this fall.
“They genuinely feel that their parental rights are being ignored by the Murphy Administration—something that is difficult to dispute,” he explained, referring to New Jersey Democratic Governor Phil Murphy.
In 2019, Murphy signed a bill that would require New Jersey schools to adopt the new standards which include LGBTQ+ sexuality and identities.
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