Call to Action on HB2361

Contact your legislator and tell him/her to VOTE NO on HB2361!
(If you don’t know who it is or what the number is, you can look it up here: http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2019_20/chamber/house/)

The bill diminishes parent authority regarding their own child by promoting PASSIVE parenting rather than active parenting. Those voting for this change to the Student Data Privacy Act, are intentionally pushing for LESS parent authority.

The bill allows for EVERY child, K-12, to be asked questions regarding both the CHILD AND PARENTS’ PERSONAL BELIEFS OR PRACTICES ON SEX, FAMILY LIFE, MORALITY, RELIGION.

The bill allows for school COUNSELORS and other MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS to be EXEMPT from any administration requirements. Therefore, PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION may be collected, students NEED NOT BE INFORMED that the survey is voluntary, parents NEED NOT BE INFORMED regarding the administration of the survey to their own child, and the data doesn’t have to be reported at the aggregate level.

The state is constructing an individual STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH DATABASE.

YOUR CHILD is being SOLD for his DATA.

The 12+ organizations lobbying legislators to pass this bill overwhelmingly spoke regarding “the ability of school districts to secure grant funds” due to “the lack of information” due to reduced survey participation when parents exercise their authority.

YOUR CHILD is LESS IMPORTANT than the COMMUNITY.

PARENT AUTHORITY is LESS IMPORTANT than COMMUNITY/SCHOOL programs, intervention, and services.

From the note: “…the results of the surveys serve as a valuable tool for schools and communities to build support programs, interventions, and services for students to help make progress toward important physical and mental health outcomes and to guide decision making …”

School employees can administer whatever test, questionnaire, survey or examination (survey) on YOUR CHILD, without your knowledge or permission. The result of which can RESULT in YOUR CHILD being recommended for “services” which you, the parent, must comply with.

Want a “simple” questionnaire, based on personality questions, (somehow “determining”) and LABELING children who are PRE-DISPOSED to alcoholism, based on a couple of “personality traits,” and placing them in BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTION? Your child could be labeled an ALCOHOLIC without ever having a drink!

How about government-funded Pre-K/early-childhood “education” SCREENING PRESCHOOLERS for early signs of mental illness (a “healthy kids check”), with children determined to have “troubling behavior markers” referred to psychologists, etc.?

How about 12 year olds being allowed to consent to medical treatments?

HB2361, amending the Student Data Privacy Act, was passed out of the KS House Committee on Children and Seniors, with the deciding vote cast by Rep. Concannon after the committee vote ended in a tie.

This bill received quick handling as it was hurriedly introduced on a Friday in February and heard the following Wednesday. The committee didn’t make the turnaround deadline for the bill, so House Leadership acted to refer the bill to the Committee on Appropriations (so it would be “blessed” and not die) and then refer it back to the Committee on Children and Seniors. Eight of the thirteen members of the committee are Republicans.

Link to the supplemental note on the bill: http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2019_20/measures/documents/supp_note_hb2361_00_0000.pdf

In the Supplemental Note to the bill, prepared by Legislative Research:

1. Specifically, the bill would remove a requirement the parent of the student be notified the survey is to be administered and give written permission (opts in) for such student to take the survey.

2. [The survey, test, questionnaire, or examination (survey) may contain] questions about a student’s personal beliefs or practices on sex, family life, morality, or religion, or concerning the student’s parent’s views on these subjects, to a student enrolled in kindergarten or grades 1 through 12.

3. Further, the bill would extend the exception from these requirements [for administration of the surveys to students] for school counselors to other school-based mental health professionals with regard to the administration of tests and forms part of a school counselor’s or other school-based provider’s student counseling services.

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MONDAY – February 17th – Do you know the real TRUTH about Common Core?

NEXT MONDAY!

Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn more about Common Core (Kansas College & Career Ready Standards).
Please share with family and friends!

Do you know the real TRUTH about Common Core?
Monday, February 17th at 7:00pm

Feb17

Antioch Library
8700 Shawnee Mission Pkwy
Merriam, KS 66202
*Note from the Library: Besides the library’s parking lot, parking is available behind Taco Bell and to the larger lot west of Taco Bell.

Speakers:
Megan King—the history and truth of Common Core and its impact on our children and their education
Megan is a Preschool Teacher, resides in Lawrence with her husband and three sons. In 2011, while researching a new grading system in her son’s middle school, she stumbled upon the Common Core Initiative. Because of what she found, she hasn’t slept well since and now homeschools two of her children. Megan is a co-founder of Kansans Against Common Core and is working diligently to inform Kansas citizens of the truth about Common Core and the grassroots effort to repeal it.

Paul Schwartz—data collection and concerns with Common Core
Paul is a Computer Consultant, was a U.S. Air Force Intelligence Analyst for six years and a Subject Matter Expert for IBM, EMC, and now the healthcare industry. He has over 20 years of Corporate IT experience in security and compliance and has consulted for the top companies on the Fortune 500 list with regards to their security and compliance requirements. Paul has worked numerous security incidences as well as led remediation efforts after security compromises. He has also consulted on several states’ Student Privacy bills. He is a concerned husband and father and resides with his family in the Olathe School District.

Facebook event information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1400731303519877/