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O.C. lawmaker wants more parental consent for student sex education

April 24, 2011 |  1:45 pm

Assemblyman Allan Mansoor (R-Costa Mesa) has introduced a bill that he says would strengthen laws that require parents' written consent before a school can let students out of classes early for confidential medical procedures or to teach them about sex, gender and sexual orientation.

The Parental Oversight and Involvement Act would also require parents' consent before students in grades 1 to 12 can be exposed to mental or physiological screenings and classes related to family life, morality or religion.

Though other state laws and school district rules address these issues, the assemblyman said he was trying to create statewide uniformity and expand existing state law to all grade levels. Existing laws, according to his bill, cover grades 7 through 12 in many of the areas he's trying to address.

Mansoor, who held a news conference Wednesday with Brad Dacus, president of Pacific Justice Institute, a nonprofit organization that dubs itself as a defender of religious freedom and parents' rights, said his bill was "about notifying the parents and making sure they are aware. It's about involving the parents."

Read the full story: Bill calls for stronger parental consent

-- Mona Shadia, Daily Pilot / Times Community News