Advocacy in Action (5/18/21) - Action Alert HB 3223

By Alison Maley posted 05-23-2021 22:43

  

May 18, 2021

 

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Urgent Alert - File a Witness Slip on HB 3223 Today

 

House Bill 3223 will be considered in the Senate Education Committee at 1 p.m. Tuesday. The bill creates a multitude of onerous, unfunded requirements for school districts involving the delivery of services and confidentiality provisions that do not permit school officials to respond appropriately to the needs of students who are parents, expectant parents, or victims of domestic or sexual violence.

 

HB 3223:

 

  • Threatens students' due process rights by prohibiting students facing suspension/expulsion from directly questioning or having contact with an alleged victim of sexual abuse. HB 3223 would only allow a student or their representsative to suggest questions for the school board or hearing officer to ask the alleged victim, at the board or hearing officer's discretion. 

 

  • Requires a minimum 8 hours of initial training and 6 hours annual training thereafter for individuals charged with resolution of school district complaints. 

 

  • Requires districts must appoint at least one staff member per school to be trained to address the needs of youth who are parents, expectant parents, or victims of domestic or sexual violence that must be either a social worker, school psychologist, school counselor, school nurse, or administrator. 

 

  • Creates a new mandated training on the rights of minors to consent to counseling services and psychotherapy.  

 

  • Requires supports to affected students must include transferring a victim of domestic or sexual violence or the student perpetrator to a different classroom or school and providing unlimited other supports that may facilitate full participation in the regular education program.  

 

  • Requires that students who are unable to participate in classes on a particular day or time of day must be excused and must be able to make up any examination, study, or work requirement that the student has missed.  

 

  • Requires that all support services must be available in any school, home instruction, or hospital instruction to the fullest extent possible.  

 

 

 

Please also contact your State Senator with the following information:

 

As a constituent and school leader member in your district, I respectfully ask you to vote no on House Bill 3223. 

 

The bill creates several onerous mandates for school districts involving the delivery of services and confidentiality requirements that do not permit school officials to respond appropriately to the needs of students who are parents, expectant parents, or victims of domestic or sexual violence.  

 

School officials do everything within their power and resources to accommodate students who are parents, expectant parents, and students with special needs that may arise from any traumatic event. This legislation adds more burdensome regulations and requirements that go beyond the services provided to any other student, despite their need.  

 

Please vote no on this legislation and feel free to contact me with any questions.

 

 

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