CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Sununu is soon to decide whether New Hampshire schools must give parents two weeks’ notice before teaching sex education or human sexuality.
Backers of the bill, which has passed the Legislature, say it will let parents ensure their children are learning appropriate material. But detractors say it could create hurdles to providing important sex education or even teaching classic literature. Former Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan vetoed similar legislation last session.
“My objective would be that parents would be more engaged in these conversations with their kids as they’re happening at school,” said Republican Rep. Victoria Sullivan, the bill’s prime sponsor.
Sununu’s spokesman, Dave Abrams, said the governor is reviewing the final language of the legislation. “Generally, he supports measures that further empower parents to take active roles in their children’s educations,” Abrams said. The bill is still on its way to Sununu’s desk through a process known as enrollment; once it’s there he has five days to take action.