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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 455        FILED ON: 1/14/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 155


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Elizabeth A. Poirier


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act requiring parental consent on sex education in public schools.






Elizabeth A. Poirier

14th Bristol

George N. Peterson, Jr.

9th Worcester

F. Jay Barrows

1st Bristol

Joyce A. Spiliotis

12th Essex

Daniel K. Webster

6th Plymouth

George T. Ross

2nd Bristol

Marc T. Lombardo

22nd Middlesex

Dennis A. Rosa

4th Worcester

James J. Lyons, Jr.

18th Essex

Geoff Diehl

7th Plymouth

Steven L. Levy

4th Middlesex

Shaunna O'Connell

3rd Bristol

Raymond T. Neary

6 Lantern Lane
Medfield, MA 02052

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 455        FILED ON: 1/14/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 155

By Ms. Poirier of North Attleborough, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 155) of Elizabeth A. Poirier and others for legislation to require parental consent on sex education in public schools.  Education.


SEE HOUSE, NO. 472 OF 2009-2010.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Eleven



An Act requiring parental consent on sex education in public schools.


              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:


              SECTION 1.  32A of Chapter 71 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 1998 Official Edition is hereby amended by striking out the section in its entirety and replacing it thereof with the following: — 

              Any city, town or school district maintaining or implementing any curriculum, unit of study, school-sanctioned program or activity which involves sex education shall offer it only on an elective basis.  Given five school days notice, prior review of said materials, as well as the questioning of teachers and administrators involved, will be extended to parents, guardians and/or their legal representatives. Written parent or guardian permission will be required for student participation. No public school teacher or employee who feels that such curriculum or activity violates his or her religious beliefs shall be required to participate in any way.

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