Sununu signs bill requiring parental notice to teach sex ed

Associated Press
Monday, April 17, 2017

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu has signed legislation requiring schools to give parents two weeks’ notice before teaching sex education.

Sununu said the bill is consistent with his “longtime support” for measures that “empower” parents’ involvement in their kids’ education.

At least 22 states require parental notification before teaching sex or HIV education. New Hampshire’s bill will not require parental consent, but parents can opt their children out of certain lessons.

The bill takes effect in mid-June. It requires school districts to adopt a policy for parental notification of any course materials related to sex education or human sexuality. Republican Rep. Victoria Sullivan, the prime sponsor, said it’s not intended to affect lessons beyond health or biology classes.