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New Bill Will Require New Jersey Schools to Notify Parents of LGBTQ-Related Curriculum

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation on Thursday, January 31, 2019, mandating that schools throughout the state teach students about "the political, economic, and social contributions" of LGBTQ community.

According to The Associated Press, the bill passed by a 22-18 vote, and the House version of the bill passed in the Virginia House of Delegates by a 66-27 vote.

As the LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum is rolled out in New Jersey this year, the bill requires schools to notify parents about any lesson or curriculum related to sexual orientation or gender identity, giving parents the option to excuse their children from attending this class.

The bill would not restrict LGBTQ topics from teachers' lesson plans, but the language isn't clear as to which topics related to sex and gender would require notifying parents.

Why Does This Matter?

A year ago, New Jersey became the second state, following California, to pass a law requiring public schools to include the LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum into their classrooms.

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