State of Illinois
Illinois Law HB 3550
Sex Education: Teaching Consent in Public School from 6th -12th Grade
In August of 2019, Governor Pritzker signed HB3550 into law which requires Illinois public schools to teach a comprehensive definition of “consent” when teaching sex education in grades 6 – 12 . The law went into effect
January 1, 2020.
This new law amends Illinois’ sex education curriculum for middle school and high school students by including what educators call “age-appropriate discussion on consent” including:
• Consent to one sexual activity does not cover other sex acts.
• A person’s manner of dress does not constitute sexual consent.
• Past consent does not provide for future consent.
• Consent can be withdrawn at any time with a reminder that “no means no” anytime and all the time.
Parents in Illinois have concerns with this new law teaching sexual consent to our children beginning when they are 11 to 12 years old. We urge parents to request and review all materials (reading, video, speakers, etc.). If able, Opt Out of any Sex Education/Health courses and teach at home.
Here is an example of a video from Planned Parenthood, which many schools go to when looking for educational materials for Sex Education classes.
Disclaimer: Video/images may be disturbing. We ask that you do not watch this video with children present:
Consent Document (Planned Parenthood)
PRIE Article: https://www.parentsrightsined.com/uploads/1/1/8/8/118879585/prie_cse_teaching_consent_is_wrong_012020.pdf
Illinois Law HB 246
LGBTQ History Taught in Public School from Kindergarten - 12th Grade
On August 9, 2020, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signed LGBTQ History Affirming HB246, usurping parental authority and religious liberty. This law requires that Illinois public schools incorporate “the roles and contributions of “lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history of this country and this State.” The law became effective July 1, 2020.
Most Illinois parents know children lack the ability to comprehend the consequences of sexual behavior. Children as young as 5 should not be confronted with adult sexual preferences in their history classes. This abusive behavior is a direct assault on the innocence of children. Parents, not left wing political activists in state government, should decide if and when their children are exposed to adult sexual preferences.
This legislation provides that the Illinois State Board of Education will “provide annual funding to public school districts and State-recognized, non-public schools serving students in grades kindergarten through 12 for the purchase of selected textbooks.” The textbooks are “limited without exception to textbooks that have been preapproved and designated by the Illinois State Board of Education for use in any public school and that are secular, non-religious, and non-sectarian.”
The LGBTQ agenda goes much further than parental authority; it goes against the very worldview held by many people of faith. Sexual behavior outside the context of marriage between a man and a woman is deemed a sin in many religious traditions and at least a moral failing among many of those of no faith tradition. But left wing political activists in the Illinois state government think they know better than thousands of years of religious traditions and deeply held moral beliefs.
Illinois State Senator Heather Steans (D-7th Lake Forest) remarked:
Steans statements illustrate how she does not accept the religious and moral beliefs of millions of Illinoisans. But instead thinks it is her job to change the beliefs of those with which she disagrees, starting with their children.
“One of the best ways to overcome intolerance is through education and exposure to different people and viewpoints. An inclusive curriculum will not only teach an accurate version of history but also promote acceptance of the LGBTQ community.” Steans has also said ”It is my hope that teaching students about the valuable contributions LGBTQ individuals have made throughout history will create a safer environment with fewer incidents of harassment. LGBTQ children and teenagers will also be able to gain new role models who share life experiences with them.”
Left wing activist law makers like Steans have sped up the sexualization of children in order to achieve a political agenda. This is dangerous. More and more children will needlessly be led into the LGBTQ lifestyle which has higher rates of depression and suicide.
Click Here for full text of House Bill 246
Illinois Law HB 4954
Proposed Law Abolishing Illinois Public School History Classes
Illinois State Rep. LaShawn Ford (D-Chicago) has called for abolishing all Illinois public school history classes until new curriculum can be developed.
According to his press release, Ford says the focus should be more on civics in the interim:
“When it comes to teaching history in Illinois, we need to end the miseducation of Illinoisans. I’m calling on the Illinois State Board of Education and local school districts to take immediate action by removing current history books and curriculum practices that unfairly communicate our history. Until a suitable alternative is developed, we should instead devote greater attention toward civics and ensuring students understand our democratic processes and how they can be involved. I’m also alarmed that people continue to display symbols of hate, such as the recent display of the Confederate flag in Evanston.”
Ford also remarked at his news conference that “current history teachings lead to a racist society and overlook the contributions of women and minorities” and that the teaching of the history of the United States shall include the study of the American civil rights renaissance, that period of time from 1954 to 1965 called the “Movement.”
Ford’s remarks begin at 2:22. HB 4954 would amend the school code and add several commemorative holidays:
Click Here to view HB4954.