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Mar 21, 2016 4:35 PM

NH House to debate parental notification on drug, sex education

The Associated Press

CONCORD (AP) - The New Hampshire House is preparing to debate a bill that would require schools to provide parents with one week's advanced notice before using any class material on drugs and alcohol or sex education.

The Legislature passed a bill last year that allows parents to opt their children out of any material they find "objectionable" and agree to alternative class material for the student to use. Proponents of the bill requiring notification say it strengths the existing law.

But opponents say the bill is legislative overreach because it should be up to local school boards to set such policies. Opponents also say it would create an unreasonable burden for teachers.

A majority of House education committee members support the bill. If it passes the House, it moves to the Senate.

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