Bullock vetoes sex-education bill

2013-04-26T09:30:00Z 2013-04-26T09:30:53Z Bullock vetoes sex-education billThe Associated Press The Associated Press
April 26, 2013 9:30 am  • 

HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock has vetoed a bill that would have required parental permission before students could attend sex-education classes in public schools.

Bullock said in his veto message Thursday that House Bill 239 would have intruded on the Board of Public Education and local school boards' constitutional authority over schools.

The Republican-led House and Senate passed the measure during the recently ended session. The bill would have required schools to give parents and guardians a minimum 48 hours' notice that includes the content of what was to be taught.

It also would have banned any organization that provides abortion services from assisting with sex education.

Bullock says the bill reflected an unfounded mistrust of educators and that parents can address any concerns they have with their local schools.

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  1. Be Bold 4 I Am
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    Be Bold 4 I Am - May 01, 2013 11:13 am
    I recently came across an article describing a good way to determine if people are inherently good or evil. It pointed out that those who inspire and empower others are good, whereas those that want to control you, through laws limiting your freedoms or taking your money, are evil. It is easy to tell the two apart in our government and in this forum. Heaven forbid that parental rights might intrude on the Board of Public Education or a local school boards "authority."
  2. PhilT
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    PhilT - April 30, 2013 10:21 am

    It is entirely reasonable for parents to be allowed to opt out sex ed classes for their children. Keep in mind the public school systems in NYC provide condoms to children in the 9th grade so who is imposing on whom? Montana is a parental rights state. This is a family and parental choice issue for their children. Bullock should not have vetoed it.

    If you think it is bad parenting to be unaware of when specific classes will be presented in school consider this: I cannot even get verification when the prom took place in my child's school. If you think school administrations are on top of what is presented in each class and when you are mistaken.
  3. buffalojack
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    buffalojack - April 28, 2013 9:35 am
    XFSME: Finally, a voice of sanity! Captain Jack Sparrow died for our sins-did not even Jesus say that God kept his eye on the Sparrow? It's time our schools showed some respect for followers of Captain Jack. ("Pastafarians," however, are ignorant schismatics; real pirates belong to The Jolly Roger Church of Buccaneering.)
  4. dsrobins
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    dsrobins - April 26, 2013 3:50 pm
    We Montanans are very fortunate to have a sane and decent Democrat sitting in the Governor's chair while the Legislature is dominated by right wing Republican and teabagger screwballs. Thanks again, Governor Bullock.
  5. montanamuralist
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    montanamuralist - April 26, 2013 12:32 pm
    The paranoia espoused by the right wing elements of the Legislature in this state, not to mention the way they want to dictate THEIR moral standard to the rest of us, is abhorrent. Teachers are trained to teach and if you want your kids in a private school you are free to do that if you wish. Please stop creating issues where there are none because of your belief system. Sex education is not rocket science dimwits. If they want to teach my kids about sex I am certain they will not be talking them in to having an abortion. Oh sorry, I forgot. This is the party of alien Obama born in Kenya and is the anti-Christ and all things evil. Sorry I forgot you are incurable. Kids can be taught at home and in the schools. Quit trying to tell the rest of us what is appropriate for the school systems in this state please...you sound like condescending idiots.
  6. XFSME
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    XFSME - April 26, 2013 12:08 pm
    I couldn’t agree more! As a Pastafarian, I believe pirates, the original Pastafarians, were peaceful explores and it was due to Christian misinformation that they have an image of outcast criminals today. I would like 48 hours to opt in my progeny when schools begin historical or literary discussions about the high seas or maritime law.
  7. MontanaJim72
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    MontanaJim72 - April 26, 2013 12:02 pm
    God's Own says...Well, that's great. We, as parents, had better realize we are no longer the ultimate authority when it comes to the lives we have created, nourished and spent a lifetime caring for. Nice. When did these people become authorities over the voters instead of servants of the voters?

    If you are such a great parent, you would have already learned what was going to be taught to your child before it ever happened. Why do you need a law that forces the school to tell you when it's going to happen? Sounds like lazy parenting to me and the Republican party endorses it.
  8. Gods own
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    Gods own - April 26, 2013 10:13 am
    Well, that's great. We, as parents, had better realize we are no longer the ultimate authority when it comes to the lives we have created, nourished and spent a lifetime caring for. Nice. When did these people become authorities over the voters instead of servants of the voters?
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