The bill I fear most has been filed by Sen. Konni Burton (R-Fort Worth). As John Wright reports over at the New Civil Rights Project, SB 242 would require "general knowledge regarding the parent's child possessed by an employee of a school district" to be given to the parent, failure to deliver the information would result in the firing or suspension of the employee.
SB 242 radically expands an existing provision that provides parents access to their children's school records, and makes it apply to every interaction a school employee has with a child. An on-the-face reading of the bill would require a teacher to contact a parent if they became aware that a student had a zit, or a crush on a classmate, or really wanted a certain pair of sneakers. If not the teacher would be fired.
While the poor drafting and wide scope of the bill make it risible. Burton's sinister intent in filing SB 242 is chilling. In a press release Burton says she filed the bill in response to a policy adopted by Fort Worth ISD on how to sensitively and reasonably accommodate transgender students. Her stated intent in filing the legislation is to out queer youth.
And that will get kids killed.
- The Suicide Prevention Resource Center estimated that between 30-40% of LGBT youth have attempted suicide. Family rejection is thought to be a major contributing factor.
- According to the William's Institute 40% of homeless youth are LGBT and the primary cause of their homelessness is family rejection.
- One statistically proven way to reduce the rate of LGBT teen suicide is the availability of Gay-Straight Alliances in schools. Burton's bill would require the teacher sponsor of those clubs to report the attendance of any student to their parents.
- And threats can come directly from parents as well
- In 2015 a Ohio father killed his trans daugher
- In 2014 a Houston father murdered his lesbian daughter and her girlfriend
Burton is taking a "Legislative Survey" to learn what people think of her legislation, you can find it HERE. You can comment on her press release HERE, visit her Facebook HERE, or find her on Twitter HERE.
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