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Apr 11, 2017 8:46 AM

Sununu tells NH1 News he's 'inclined to sign' bill on sex education parental notification


CONCORD — Gov. Chris Sununu tells NH1 News that he’s “inclined to sign” a bill that requires New Hampshire schools to give parents two weeks' notice before teaching sex education or human sexuality in the classroom.

Supporters of the measure say it will give parents the power to ensure their children are being taught appropriate material at school. But those opposed to the legislation argue that it could create hurdles when it comes to teaching not just sex education but other curriculum as well.

The bill was passed by the state House of Representatives and the state Senate and will soon be on the governor’s desk. When it reaches him, Sununu will have five days to take action on the measure.

The governor told NH1 News on Tuesday morning that “this bill simply ensures that teachers are communicating to parents what material is being taught in the classroom. That kind of transparency is a good think and I’m inclined to sign the bill.”

Sununu is the first Republican governor in the Corner Office in a dozen years. His Democratic predecessor, now U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, vetoed a similar measure in the last legislative session.

The bill would require a school district or teacher to give parents or guardians at least two weeks’ notice before human sexuality or sex education is taught in the classroom. Twenty-two states currently have similar requirements and at least three states mandate parental consent. The Granite State already gives parents the ability to remove their children from such lessons.

Republican state Rep. Victoria Sullivan of Manchester is the prime sponsor of the bill. She says she got into politics because she couldn’t get answers from her school system when it came to course material one of sons was being taught.

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