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Oklahoma senator introduces bill to ban schools from having books on sexual acts, colleges requiring diverse course enrollment

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OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – An Oklahoma state senator on Thursday filed legislation that would ban schools in the state from providing books about sexual behavior to students and ban colleges from requiring students to enroll in courses that focus on sexual behavior. diversity.

Senator Rob Standridge, R-Norman, submitted Senate Bill 1141 and Proposition 1142.

SB 1141 prohibits colleges and universities across Oklahoma from requiring students to enroll in a course that addresses any form of gender, sexuality or race, equality, or inclusion curriculum. , if the course is not a core requirement of the student’s curriculum.

The law also states that a student cannot be financially penalized for not enrolling in such a course.

Universities and colleges will also be prohibited from including certain concepts related to gender diversity, sexuality or race, equality, or making a course of study a core requirement for a degree program. The provisions of the bill do not prohibit the teaching of concepts related to gender, sexuality or racial diversity, equality, or inclusion in a degree program that focuses on studies of gender, sexuality, or gender. sex or race.

The bill, if passed, would go into effect from the 2022-23 school year.

Under SB 1142, school districts, charter schools, and public school libraries are not permitted to have or promote books that address gender research, sexual preferences, sexual activity, fornication, classification based on based on gender, sexual identity or gender identity, as well as books with sexually explicit content “that a legal parent or legal guardian wants to know or consent to before their child is exposed to such content,” State Senate email states.

SB 1142 also allows parents and legal guardians to request in writing that the superintendent or charter school administrator remove a book within 30 days if the parent believes the book violates the measure. .

“If not deleted within that time, the employee assigned to delete the book will be fired or not rehired, subject to the terms of legal proceedings, and the person may not be employed at the office.” a school district or charter school for two years,” states Senate email.

The measure also allows parents and guardians to sue a public or charter school for violations of the provisions of the measure, allowing them to seek monetary damages, reasonable attorneys’ fees, and legal action. fee.

Standridge claims his two bills protect liberty, and that the subject matter banned in each should be taught at home, not at school.

“We are very fortunate in America that every citizen has access to a free public education and then has the freedom to pursue a higher education if they wish. The purpose of our general education system is to teach students math, history, science, and other core areas of learning — all of which are further extended in college as students pursue fields they love,” says Standridge. “Our education system is not a place to teach moral lessons, but instead, we should leave it to our parents and families. Unfortunately, however, more and more schools are trying to educate students by exposing them to curricula and courses about gender, sexuality, and racial identity. My bills will secure these kinds of lessons at home and out of the classroom.”

https://kfor.com/news/local/oklahoma-senator-files-bills-prohibiting-schools-from-having-books-on-sexual-behavior-colleges-from-requiring-diversity-course-enrollment/ Oklahoma senator introduces bill to ban schools from having books on sexual acts, colleges requiring diverse course enrollment

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