If you recall, there was an effort to help pass important legislation last session that would have required PARENTAL WRITTEN PERMISSION before the school could SURVEY your children.
Rep. Terry Wolf worked hard to remove “written permission” from the original bill. She along with the survey company representative succeed and the original bill was watered down.
In the new bill that was passed, they are now going to set up a “Study Committee”. It’s important to again, attend the meeting where select legislators will meet to discuss whether this is important or not.
AS it stands, parents do have the right to “opt out” their children on these invasive surveys, however we know that often times, parents are not aware that they are being given and they have no idea the kinds of questions being asked of their children.
There was OVERWHELMING support for the original bill but Rep.Wolf who said this was a “local” decision in her testimony (what’s MORE local than parental permission?) and the survey representative said if parents were required to give written permission, they would not get the large number of completed surveys.
We heard testimony from one school board member who said a teacher in NH made the students stand up in her class to answer questions. This meant all of the students and teacher saw exactly how the students answered these personal and invasive questions.
Some surveys we’ve seen include questions on whether there is a gun in the home, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, drug abuse, alcohol abuse and so on. (see link below)
It’s important to keep the pressure on our legislators to require an OPT in provision on these surveys. This is a parental rights issue.
DATE: September 2
Time: 11:00 am
WHERE: Legislative office building behind the State House room 102
If you CANNOT make it to the meeting, it’s important to make sure these legislators know that we expect them to support parental rights.
If you know these legislators or live in their district, give them a call or e-mail them
Rep. John Balcom: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Terry Wolf: email@example.com
Senator Kevin Avard: Kevin.Avard@leg.state.nh.us
Rep. Barbara Shaw: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Rick Ladd: email@example.com
Rep. Ken Weyler: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Mary Gile: Mary.Gile@leg.state.nh.us