Aument introduces bill to give parents control over inappropriate content in the school curriculum
Parents could remove their child from the sexually explicit program
(HARRISBURG) – State Senator Ryan Aument (R-36) announced that he will be sponsoring a bill this would require schools to identify sexually explicit content in school curriculum and materials and notify parents that their child’s lessons include such content.
According to Aument, his office has been contacted in recent months by parents concerned about the content of their children’s school curriculum and frustrated by unfortunate interactions with administrators who have subsequently dismissed their concerns. His office has also received disturbing examples of these materials from local schools in Lancaster County as well as schools across the state, including content that adults would be prohibited from viewing at work.
“In speaking with parents and stakeholders in my district, I learned that there is questionable and even downright inappropriate material in some school curricula and libraries in Pennsylvania, including right here in Lancaster County,” Aument said. “It is inexcusable that young students are exposed to this type of explicit sexual content without the knowledge of parents. If the content is banned from adult workplaces, there is no doubt that it is not appropriate for children.
Under the bill, parents would then have the ability to review the materials and the power to withdraw their children from these classes. If the parent decides to withdraw their child from lessons, the child will be offered a non-explicit alternative.
“Parents need to know what their kids are exposed to at school, period,” Aument said. “And beyond that, they should have the ability to remove their child from exposure to certain explicit programs and be offered alternative options by the school.”
The power of parents to remove their children from lessons containing this explicit content is in accordance with Article 4.4 of the PA Code, which allows children to be exempted from specific instructions.
“In the end, the parents – do not the government – should have the final say on how their children are educated,” Aument added.
Aument is working with stakeholders to have the text of the bill presented in the near future.
CONTACT: Stephanie Applegate