The Colorado House is considering a bill requiring prior notice to parents of any sex education curriculum and allowing them to request that their children be excused from such classes.
Rep. Shawn Mitchell
Rep. Shawn Mitchell (R-Broomfield) introduced the measure in response to parental complaints centering on teaching about homosexuality in the Boulder Valley school district. Although the district already has a policy letting parents withdraw children from classes if they have religious or philosophical objections to the curricula, some parents complained that administrators harassed their children and refused to make opting out easier. Moreover, parents often don't find out about objectionable content until it has already been presented to pupils.
H.B. 04-1375 initially was drafted to restrict teaching about homosexuality in K-12 schools. It no longer addresses that issue specifically. Rep. Mitchell amended the bill twice in response to public comments: first to require parents to give prior written consent to placing their children in sex education classes, and then to eliminate the consent feature and require only prior written notice to parents of the contents of a planned curriculum concerning human sexuality and of the parents' ability to opt a student out of the applicable classes upon written request.