Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s parental rights bill is set for what should be another round of contentious testimony on Monday, April 24, in the House Education Committee.
Major hardline leftist groups like Planned Parenthood, ACLU, Identity and others have marshaled their collective resources and contacts to flood the previous two hearing with LGBTQ activists who claim House Bill 105 undermines the alleged “right” of transgender students to conceal their preferred sexual identity from parents.
A sizable number of public-school educators have also come out against the bill, claiming that teachers should have the ability to keep parents in the dark regarding a student’s gender expression in school. If passed, the bill would bar school districts, such as Anchorage, from hiding a child’s sexual identity or personal pronoun preferences from parents.
The legislation requires parental notification and permission before educators discuss sexual matters – including gender identity – with students. It also stipulates that schools get written permission from parents before changing the name or pronouns they use in referring to a child, and it bars schools from selectively withholding information about a child’s health information from parents or guardians unless a “reasonably prudent” person would believe that disclosure of the information would lead to child abuse or neglect. Finally, the bill looks to safeguard a student’s right to privacy by requiring schools to designate separate bathrooms and locker rooms based on biological sex.
The hearing on HB 105 begins at 8 a.m. on Monday, April 24, in the House Education Committee. Testifiers should try to call 15 minutes before the hearing to be added to the queue. When it is time to testify, you will be called upon.
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— Those who cannot afford to wait on the phone to testify can send a message to the House Education Committee by emailing all members at House.Education@akleg.gov