Bill Would Give Parents Notice On Sexual Material At School

May 14, 2015


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New Hampshire's Senate is set to take up a bill giving parents at least two weeks' notice if a teacher plans to use material related to human sexuality or sexual education that some could consider objectionable.

The bill follows a controversy last year when a man complained that his daughter, a student at Gilford High School, had read a novel about bullying that contained a sexually explicit passage. William Baer said the book "Nineteen Minutes" by New Hampshire author Jodi Picoult read like "the transcript for a triple-X-rated movie."

The Gilford school board later apologized for not sending home prior notice.

In addition to the two-week notice, the bill calls for schools to make the material available to parents when practical.

The House has already passed the bill.