Sen. Durr to introduce bill banning lessons on gender identity, sexual orientation
Republican state Sen. Ed Durr says that he plans to introduce legislation to limit some of New Jersey’s sexual education policies.
Durr’s proposal is similar to the controversial Florida bill called “Parental Rights in Education.” Durr’s bill would ban lesson plans on gender identity and sexual orientation up to the fifth grade.
It comes ahead of a new sexual education curriculum that is slated to begin in September in New Jersey schools.
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“The new curriculum being foisted on us by the Murphy Administration is not only absurd and unnecessary, but it is incredibly insulting to every parent in the state,” Durr said in a statement. “My legislation will reverse the implementation of these new sex education standards and allow parents to determine if and when such curriculum should be offered to their children.”
Durr’s bill would also penalize teachers and allow parents to sue districts for violations.
Gov. Phil Murphy posted a response on Twitter to some of the criticism of the curriculum. The governor said that a “handful” of sample lesson plans don’t meet the “spirit” of his guidelines.
Murphy said that parents have always been able to opt their children out "of any health lesson that they would rather discuss in the privacy of their own home."