Please contact your State Representatives!!
There is a VOTE on March 4th for HB 206 — a BI-PARTISAN effort to SUPPORT PARENTAL RIGHTS
TELL THEM TO VOTE OUGHT TO PASS on HB 206.
FIND YOUR STATE REP HERE: http://gencourt.state.nh.us/house/members/wml.aspx
HERE IS THE SURVEY GIVEN TO BEDFORD STUDENTS WITHOUT PARENTAL KNOWLEDGE OR CONSENT: http://www.girardatlarge.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Attitudes-Behaviors-Survey-1.pdf
HOWEVER the Amendment waters DOWN the RIGHTS of PARENTS so PLEASE also tell them to VOTE NO on the Amendment.
HB 206 requires WRITTEN PARENTAL CONSENT when schools survey students.
The AMENDMENT removes written consent.
NO to the AMENDMENT and YES to HB 206
YES on HB 206
NO on AMENDMENT TO HB 206
Please see attached file for testimony on HB 260
HB 206, relative to non-academic surveys or questionnaires given to students. MAJORITY: OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT. MINORITY: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.
Rep. Mary Stuart Gile for the Majority of Education. This bill requires school districts to adopt a policy regarding student participation in non-academic surveys, or questionnaires. The bill further states that the policy require school districts to make such survey/questionnaires and their purpose available to students and parents/legal guardians at least 10 days prior to the distribution to students.
The committee also supported that the students /parents/ legal guardians, right to opt out of participating in non-academic surveys be in- cluded in the policy. Vote 17-4.
Rep. James Verschueren for the Minority of Education. The minority has no objection to parental notification. Had this bill limited its reach requiring that every school district have in place a policy to specify notification requirements, there would be no objection. The fault with this bill is that it unnecessarily tramples on the local authority of the school board to determine how best to meet the laudable objective of effective parental notification. Worse still, federal law already requires parental notification, rendering this law duplicative and unnecessary.