Missouri Senate adopts substitute education bill, adds language to limit instruction on ‘human sexuality,’ STDs

Missouri Senate adopts substitute education bill, adds language to limit instruction on ‘human sexuality,’ STDs
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Late Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, offered a compromise bill that tied funding for “Missouri Empowerment Scholarship Accounts” to the state providing more funding for school transportation, a major issue for many districts with bus fleets.

Rowden also stripped a provision allowing for the recall of school board members.

At about 11:20 p.m., Sen. Mike Moon, R-Ash Grove, proposed an amendment that prevents instruction on “human sexuality and sexually transmitted diseases” until the school receives permission from a student’s parent or guardian.

The proposal drew criticism from Sen. Bill White, R-Joplin, who said instruction decisions should be left to local school boards. Moon’s amendment was adopted on a 17-16 vote, with numerous Republicans…



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