Proposal would force teachers to “out” students

AUSTIN (NEWS10) – A Texas lawmaker is facing criticism over a bill that would require public school employees to out LGBT students to parents.

Texas State Representative Konni Burton (R) filed the bill on Thursday.

According to the bill, any teacher or school employee that failed to disclose information about a student, even if the student didn’t wish to have information about them disclosed, could be disciplined.

Burton says she filed the bill after parents and community members had concerns over new guidelines by the Fort Worth School District regarding transgender students. Those guidelines would allow teachers and staff to withhold personal information about a student from their parents.

“A parent has the right to full and total information on their child’s academic performance, physical, mental, and emotional health, and more. My legislation will make it expressly against state law for a district to adopt policies designed to undermine a parent’s right to know,” Burton said.

Burton says the focus of the bill has nothing to do with issues of sexuality and gender, and everything to do with how parents are treated by the government entities they fund.

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