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Iowa lawmakers push bill to bar teaching gender identity before high school

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Iowa Public Radio
By Grant Gerlock, Katarina Sostaric
Published February 1, 2023 at 7:42 AM CST

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The bill bans lessons including gender identity for grades K-8, while another proposal requires consent from parents before affirming a student's transgender identity.

Supporters of the bill told lawmakers in a subcommittee hearing Tuesday that passing the measure is a matter of affirming parents’ rights. They said educators should not talk with students about something as important as their gender identity without involving a parent.

“Children are the sole responsibility of the parents,” said Patty Alexander of Indianola. “A teacher is not the parent. We need educators, schools and administrators to stay in their lane.”

Sen. Sandy Salmon, R-Janesville, said it should be up to parents whether that information is made available about their children.
“Delicate and sensitive information such as outlined here is a private and a tender part of a student’s life, the family’s beliefs and the student-family relationships and is very personal,” Salmon said. “And schools have no business getting this kind of information without the consent of the parent.”
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