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S.B. 54

             1     

HEALTH EDUCATION AMENDMENTS

             2     
2010 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Chief Sponsor: Stephen H. Urquhart

             5     
House Sponsor: ____________

             6     
             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies provisions relating to health courses taught in public schools.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    directs the State Board of Education to:
             13              .    establish curriculum requirements that include instruction in human
             14      development, healthy relationships, and reproductive health, including a general
             15      discussion of contraception with its benefits and limitations; and
             16              .    select instructional materials for use in a general discussion of contraception
             17      with its benefits and limitations;
             18          .    imposes restrictions relating to health instruction;
             19          .    requires that instructional materials for health instruction provide opportunities for
             20      interaction between a student and the student's parent or guardian; and
             21          .    makes technical amendments.
             22      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             23          None
             24      Other Special Clauses:
             25          None
             26      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             27      AMENDS:


             28          53A-13-101, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2004, Chapter 196
             29          53A-13-101.1, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1993, Chapter 95
             30      ENACTS:
             31          53A-13-109.5, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             32          53A-13-111, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             33     
             34      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             35          Section 1. Section 53A-13-101 is amended to read:
             36           53A-13-101. Instruction in health -- Parental consent requirements.
             37          (1) [(a)] The State Board of Education shall establish curriculum requirements under
             38      Section 53A-1-402 , that include instruction in:
             39          [(i)] (a) community and personal health;
             40          [(ii)] (b) physiology;
             41          [(iii)] (c) personal hygiene; [and]
             42          [(iv)] (d) prevention of communicable disease[.]; and
             43          [(b) (i) That instruction shall stress:]
             44          (e) human development, healthy relationships, and reproductive health, including a
             45      general discussion of contraception with its benefits and limitations.
             46          (2) Instruction provided under Subsection (1) shall stress:
             47          (a) that parents and legal guardians have the primary responsibility for instructing
             48      children about the items described in Subsection (1);
             49          [(A)] (b) the importance of abstinence from all sexual activity before marriage and
             50      fidelity after marriage as methods for preventing certain communicable diseases; and
             51          [(B)] (c) personal skills that encourage individual choice of abstinence and fidelity.
             52          (3) Instruction provided under Subsection (1) may not include:
             53          (a) instruction in the intricacies of intercourse, sexual stimulation, or erotic behavior;
             54          (b) the advocacy of homosexuality;
             55          (c) the distribution of contraceptive devices;
             56          (d) explicit demonstrations of contraceptive devices; or
             57          (e) the advocacy of sexual activity outside of marriage.
             58          [(ii) (A)] (4) (a) At no time may instruction be provided, including responses to


             59      spontaneous questions raised by students, regarding any means or methods that facilitate or
             60      encourage the violation of any state or federal criminal law by a minor or an adult.
             61          [(B)] (b) Subsection [(1)(b)(ii)(A)] (4)(a) does not preclude an instructor from
             62      responding to a spontaneous question as long as the response is consistent with the provisions
             63      of this section.
             64          [(c) (i) The board] (5) Except as provided in Subsection (8), the State Board of
             65      Education shall recommend instructional materials for use in the curricula required under
             66      Subsection (1)[(a)] after considering evaluations of instructional materials by the State
             67      Instructional Materials Commission.
             68          [(ii) A] (6) Except as provided in Subsection (9), a local school board or charter
             69      school governing board may choose to adopt:
             70          [(A)] (a) the instructional materials recommended under Subsection [(1)(c)(i)] (5); or
             71          [(B)] (b) other instructional materials as provided in state board rule.
             72          [(iii)] (7) The state board rule made under Subsection [(1)(c)(ii)(B)] (6)(b) shall
             73      include, at a minimum:
             74          [(A)] (a) that the materials adopted by a local school board or charter school governing
             75      board under Subsection [(1)(c)(ii)(B)] (6)(b) shall be based upon recommendations of the
             76      school district's or charter school's Curriculum Materials Review Committee [that comply with
             77      state law and state board rules emphasizing abstinence before marriage and fidelity after
             78      marriage, and prohibiting instruction in:];
             79          [(I) the intricacies of intercourse, sexual stimulation, or erotic behavior;]
             80          [(II) the advocacy of homosexuality;]
             81          [(III) the advocacy or encouragement of the use of contraceptive methods or devices;
             82      or]
             83          [(IV) the advocacy of sexual activity outside of marriage;]
             84          [(B)] (b) that the adoption of instructional materials shall take place in an open and
             85      public regular meeting of the local school board [for which prior notice is given to] or charter
             86      school governing board;
             87          (c) that parents and guardians of students attending schools in the school district [and]
             88      or the charter school shall:
             89          (i) receive prior notice of the meeting at which the local school board or charter school


             90      governing board adopts instructional materials; and
             91          (ii) have an opportunity [for them] to express their views and opinions on the materials
             92      at the meeting;
             93          [(C)] (d) a provision for an appeal and review [process] of the local school board's or
             94      charter school governing board's decision; and
             95          [(D)] (e) a provision for a report by the local school board or charter school governing
             96      board to the State Board of Education of the action taken and the materials adopted by the local
             97      school board or charter school governing board under Subsections [(1)(c)(ii)(B) and (1)(c)(iii)]
             98      (6)(b) and (7).
             99          (8) The State Board of Education shall select instructional materials for use in a general
             100      discussion of contraception with its benefits and limitations after considering:
             101          (a) evaluations of instructional materials by the State Instructional Materials
             102      Commission; and
             103          (b) public comment.
             104          (9) School districts and charter schools shall use only materials selected pursuant to
             105      Subsection (8) when providing instruction relating to contraception.
             106          (10) Instructional materials recommended by the State Board of Education under
             107      Subsection (5), instructional materials adopted by a local school board or charter school
             108      governing board under Subsections (6)(b) and (7), and instructional materials selected by the
             109      State Board of Education under Subsection (8) shall:
             110          (a) provide opportunities for interaction between a student and the student's parent or
             111      legal guardian; and
             112          (b) comply with Subsections (2) and (3).
             113          [(2)] (11) (a) Instruction in the courses described in Subsection (1) shall be [consistent
             114      and systematic] medically accurate and appropriate in grades [eight] seven through 12.
             115          (b) At the request of the [board] State Board of Education, the Department of Health
             116      shall cooperate with the board in developing programs to provide instruction in those areas.
             117          [(3)] (12) (a) The [board] State Board of Education shall adopt rules that:
             118          (i) provide [that] for compliance with the parental consent requirements of Sections
             119      76-7-322 and 76-7-323 [are complied with]; and
             120          (ii) require a student's parent or legal guardian to be notified in advance and have an


             121      opportunity to review the information for which parental consent is required under Sections
             122      76-7-322 and 76-7-323 .
             123          (b) The [board] State Board of Education shall [also] provide procedures for
             124      disciplinary action for violation of Section 76-7-322 or 76-7-323 .
             125          [(4) (a) In keeping with the requirements of Section 53A-13-109 , and because school
             126      employees and volunteers serve as examples to their students, school employees or volunteers
             127      acting in their official capacities may not support or encourage criminal conduct by students,
             128      teachers, or volunteers.]
             129          [(b) To ensure the effective performance of school personnel, the limitations described
             130      in Subsection (4)(a) also apply to school employees or volunteers acting outside of their official
             131      capacities if:]
             132          [(i) they knew or should have known that their action could result in a material and
             133      substantial interference or disruption in the normal activities of the school; and]
             134          [(ii) that action does result in a material and substantial interference or disruption in the
             135      normal activities of the school.]
             136          [(c) Neither the State Office of Education nor local school districts may provide
             137      training of school employees or volunteers that supports or encourages criminal conduct.]
             138          [(d) The State Board of Education shall adopt rules implementing this section.]
             139          [(e) Nothing in this section limits the ability or authority of the State Board of
             140      Education and local school boards to enact and enforce rules or take actions that are otherwise
             141      lawful, regarding educators', employees', or volunteers' qualifications or behavior evidencing
             142      unfitness for duty.]
             143          [(5) Except as provided in Section 53A-13-101.1 , political, atheistic, sectarian,
             144      religious, or denominational doctrine may not be taught in the public schools.]
             145          [(6) (a) Local school boards and their employees shall cooperate and share
             146      responsibility in carrying out the purposes of this chapter.]
             147          [(b) Each school district shall provide appropriate inservice training for its teachers,
             148      counselors, and school administrators to enable them to understand, protect, and properly
             149      instruct students in the values and character traits referred to in this section and Sections
             150      53A-13-101.1 , 53A-13-101.2 , 53A-13-101.3 , 53A-13-109 , 53A-13-301 , and 53A-13-302 and
             151      distribute appropriate written materials on the values, character traits, and conduct to each


             152      individual receiving the inservice training.]
             153          [(c) The written materials shall also be made available to classified employees,
             154      students, and parents and guardians of students.]
             155          [(d) In order to assist school districts in providing the inservice training required under
             156      Subsection (6)(b), the State Board of Education shall as appropriate, contract with a qualified
             157      individual or entity possessing expertise in the areas referred to in Subsection (6)(b) to develop
             158      and disseminate model teacher inservice programs which districts may use to train the
             159      individuals referred to in Subsection (6)(b) to effectively teach the values and qualities of
             160      character referenced in that subsection.]
             161          [(e) In accordance with the provisions of Subsection (4)(c), inservice training may not
             162      support or encourage criminal conduct.]
             163          [(7) If any one or more provision, subsection, sentence, clause, phrase, or word of this
             164      section, or the application thereof to any person or circumstance, is found to be
             165      unconstitutional, the balance of this section shall be given effect without the invalid provision,
             166      subsection, sentence, clause, phrase, or word.]
             167          Section 2. Section 53A-13-101.1 is amended to read:
             168           53A-13-101.1. Political and religious doctrine prohibited -- Maintaining
             169      constitutional freedom in the public schools.
             170          (1) Except as provided in this section, political, atheistic, sectarian, religious, or
             171      denominational doctrine may not be taught in public schools.
             172          [(1)] (2) Any instructional activity, performance, or display which includes
             173      examination of or presentations about religion, political or religious thought or expression, or
             174      the influence [thereof] of religion or political or religious thought or expression on music, art,
             175      literature, law, politics, history, or any other element of the curriculum, including the
             176      comparative study of religions, [which] may be undertaken in public schools, if the
             177      instructional activity, performance, or display is:
             178          (a) designed to achieve secular educational objectives included within the context of a
             179      course or activity; and
             180          (b) conducted in accordance with applicable rules of the [state and local boards of
             181      education, may be undertaken in the public schools] State Board of Education and policies of
             182      the local school board or charter school governing board.


             183          [(2)] (3) No aspect of cultural heritage, political theory, moral theory, or societal value
             184      shall be included within or excluded from public school curricula for the primary reason that it
             185      affirms, ignores, or denies religious belief, religious doctrine, a religious sect, or the existence
             186      of a spiritual realm or supreme being.
             187          [(3)] (4) Public schools may not sponsor prayer or religious devotionals.
             188          [(4)] (5) School officials and employees may not use their positions to endorse,
             189      promote, or disparage a particular religious, denominational, sectarian, agnostic, or atheistic
             190      belief or viewpoint.
             191          Section 3. Section 53A-13-109.5 is enacted to read:
             192          53A-13-109.5. Conduct and speech of school employees and volunteers.
             193          (1) In keeping with the requirements of Section 53A-13-109 , and because school
             194      employees and volunteers serve as examples to their students, school employees or volunteers
             195      acting in their official capacities may not support or encourage criminal conduct by students,
             196      teachers, or volunteers.
             197          (2) To ensure the effective performance of school personnel, the limitations described
             198      in Subsection (1) also apply to school employees or volunteers acting outside of their official
             199      capacities if:
             200          (a) they know or should have known that their action could result in a material and
             201      substantial interference or disruption in the normal activities of the school; and
             202          (b) that action results in a material and substantial interference or disruption in the
             203      normal activities of the school.
             204          (3) Neither the State Office of Education nor a school district or charter school may
             205      provide training of school employees or volunteers that supports or encourages criminal
             206      conduct.
             207          (4) The State Board of Education shall adopt rules implementing this section.
             208          (5) Nothing in this section limits the ability or authority of the State Board of
             209      Education, a local school board, or charter school governing board to enact and enforce rules or
             210      policies or take actions that are otherwise lawful regarding educators', employees', or
             211      volunteers' qualifications or behavior evidencing unfitness for duty.
             212          (6) If a provision, subsection, sentence, clause, phrase, or word of this section, or the
             213      application of it to any person or circumstance, is found to be unconstitutional, the balance of


             214      this section shall be given effect without the invalid provision, subsection, sentence, clause,
             215      phrase, or word.
             216          Section 4. Section 53A-13-111 is enacted to read:
             217          53A-13-111. Inservice training in values and character traits.
             218          (1) A school district or charter school shall provide appropriate inservice training for
             219      its teachers, counselors, and school administrators to enable them to understand, protect, and
             220      properly instruct students in the values and character traits referred to in Sections
             221      53A-13-101.1 , 53A-13-101.2 , 53A-13-101.3 , 53A-13-109 , 53A-13-301 , and 53A-13-302 and
             222      distribute appropriate written materials on the values, character traits, and conduct to each
             223      individual receiving the inservice training.
             224          (2) The written materials shall also be made available to classified employees, students,
             225      and parents and guardians of students.
             226          (3) In order to assist school districts and charter schools in providing the inservice
             227      training required under Subsection (1), the State Board of Education shall as appropriate,
             228      contract with a qualified individual or entity possessing expertise in the areas referred to in
             229      Subsection (1) to develop and disseminate model teacher inservice programs which districts
             230      may use to train the individuals referred to in Subsection (1) to effectively teach the values and
             231      qualities of character referenced in Subsection (1).
             232          (4) In accordance with the provisions of Section 53A-13-109.5 , inservice training may
             233      not support or encourage criminal conduct.




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