Scheduled hearings aren’t quite out yet, but there have been several bills over the last week that have especially struck our interest!
Today we want to highlight LB374, a bill introduced by Senator Murman, the Parental Rights and Academic Transparency Act. Yesterday, our founder, Allie French, was given the opportunity to interview with KETV about this bill. Unfortunately, as is the case most times, it wasn’t nearly enough time to express all of the most important details.
Watch Here: https://www.ketv.com/article/lincoln-nebraska-state-senator-introduces-bill-to-ban-crt-and-review-school-library-books/42493099
Before we dive into the nitty gritty of the bill, first and foremost, we want to give a huge shoutout to Senator Murman for taking such a strong stand on behalf of students, parents, and teachers! We also want to recognize the huge impact and amount of work put in by Protect Nebraska Children, and other various groups and concerned parents. This bill is extremely thorough and very well constructed, leaving no room for loopholes or questions of when and how to handle a situation.
Now, lets get into the bill which:
Enforces the creation of a process to handle complaints/concerns from the parents of students
Provides accountability and transparency of the schools and administrators to the parents and legal guardians through items such as the provision of a “parent portal”
Requires the timely distribution of information to parents and legal guardians on all school activities their students will be required to participate in
Provides families protection of deeply held religious and moral beliefs
Prohibits individuals of any race, ethnicity, color, or national origin from being made inherently superior or inferior
Provides transparency of learning materials as well as school library content
This bill does not:
Prohibit discussion of history, including the the events or ideas that occurred
Prevent teachers from doing their job, in fact it gives them the protection from repercussions should the curriculum or any material violate their strongly held beliefs
This is a solid bill that protects all students, parents rights, and the teachers. We expect it will be assigned to the education committee. If you have questions, comments, or concerns feel free to reach out to the following:
Sponsor of Bill: Senator Murman, firstname.lastname@example.org
Email or Call the Education Committtee:
Sen. Dave Murman, Chairperson, email@example.com
Sen. Joni Albrecht, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Tom Briese, email@example.com
Sen. Danielle Conrad, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Lou Ann Linehan, email@example.com
Sen. Rita Sanders, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Lynne Walz, email@example.com
Sen. Justin Wayne, firstname.lastname@example.org
LB374 Murman Introduction – Adopt the Parents’ Bill of Rights and Academic Transparency Act
Introduced by Murman, 38; Albrecht, 17; Brewer, 43; Clements, 2; Erdman, 47; Halloran, 33; Hansen, B., 16; Holdcroft, 36; Lippincott, 34; Moser, 22
Don’t see your Senator listed above?!
Contact them today and encourage them to sign on as a cosponsor!!!