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Republicans re-introduce Parents' Bill of Rights

Updated: Feb 6

The legislation will ban sexual politics in K-4 classrooms and will require parental consent before receiving in-school healthcare or psychiatric services. The measure will also require parents to opt into giving their children permission to participate in invasive surveys.

by: Sloan Rachmuth

Republicans released a revised version of the Parents' Bill of Rights last night, which the Senate Education Committee will discuss today.

The legislation will ban teachers from discussing sexuality, or from pressuring children to change their “gender” in grades K-4.

This would effectively ban secret "gender change" plans since school officials would face discipline if they encouraged students to change their "gender" without parental consent. Also prohibited would be allowing children to change their names, pronouns, or biological sex markers on school records behind the back of parents.

Last year, Glenn Beck featured Education First's reporting in a one-hour special on child sexual grooming in North Carolina schools.

Perhaps in response to the merging of DHHS and schools, the law requires parental notification and consent prior to receiving in-school medical services. This stipulation is critical. In North Carolina, the age of consent for receiving psychiatric care is "zero," which includes "gender-affirming" treatments. According to current law, it would be possible to diagnose and treat, say, a 6-year-old for depression or gender dysphoria without informing their parents.

In North Carolina, G.S. 90‐21.5 authorizes a physician to accept the consent of a minor for medical health services for the prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of venereal diseases or other reportable communicable diseases,8 pregnancy, abuse of controlled substances or alcohol, or emotional disturbance.

The safeguard is also necessary because schools are now able to bill Medicaid directly for mental health services, resulting in a profit-motivated environment.

Healthcare workers could face sanctions and a $5,000 fine if they violate the provision.

In order to comply with the law, Senate bill 49 directs the DPI to revise the standards for school psychologists and social workers.

Education First published reports last month about NC school social workers and psychologists pushing critical race theory and transgender ideology instead of helping students cope with difficult emotions. It is likely that the DPI will hire more selectively now that the department has recently requested $100K to hire an army of school counselors.

As for those invasive surveys asking students about sex behaviors, religious beliefs, or illicit and illegal behavior? Last year, Education First published an exclusive that showed Middle school students as young as 11, are asked:

  • if they have done heroin or crack cocaine

  • if they have had sex

  • if they discuss sex with their parents

  • how fast they could get and be ready to fire a loaded gun without parental consent

  • how many hours they are left home alone on school days

The survey was given to students across the state and parents were misled about the questions that schools would be asking their children. If the Parental Rights bill is passed, parents’ consent will be required before students can take invasive surveys, and they will legally be able to see the survey ahead of time.

Senate bill 48

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Join us tonight at 9 PM for a full discussion on the bill and the road ahead for its passage.

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