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Sununu Signs Sex Education Parental Notification Bill

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Allegra Boverman for NHPR
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  Gov. Chris Sununu has signed legislation requiring schools to give parents two weeks’ notice before teaching sex education.

Sununu says the bill is consistent with his “longtime support” for measures that “empower” parents’ involvement in their kids’ education.

At least 22 states require parental notification before teaching sex or HIV education. New Hampshire’s bill will not require parental consent, but parents can opt their children out of certain lessons.

The bill takes effect in mid-June. It requires school districts to adopt a policy for parental notification of any course materials related to sex education or human sexuality. Republican Rep. Victoria Sullivan, the prime sponsor, says it’s not intended to affect lessons beyond health or biology classes.

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