"And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart."
You know you've entered bizarro world when the Ft. Worth Star Telegram defends Konni Burton:
State Sen. Konni Burton, R-Colleyville, has filed Senate Bill 242, expanding current law dealing with parent’s right to school district information about their children.Read the whole thing here.
Burton would expand language in the Education Code to make sure all knowledge about students — not just written records — would be available to parents.
Some parents and LGBTQ advocates have warned that the changes would require teachers and/or faculty to reach out to parents to tell them about a child’s sexual orientation.
“The focus of our bill has nothing to do with issues of sexuality and gender, and everything to do with how parents are treated by the government entities they fund,” Burton says in a statement posted on her website.
She wants to change the language in the existing law to reflect a more ironclad policy: If parents ask; faculty and teachers must tell.
But the key word is ask. Parents would have to ask teachers for the information. Nothing in the language of the bill requires faculty to be proactive with any knowledge about or from students.
“The bill does not require a school district employee to stop everything they’re doing and reach out to a parent,” Burton wrote.
Nor does it remove the existing child abuse exemption. Texas law allows school faculty to make judgment calls and withhold information if a student’s safety is endangered.
If the student’s safety isn’t in danger, parents have the right to know what’s going on with their children — even if causes awkwardness at home.
If there is reason to believe a student would be kicked out the house, neglected or in any way their safety is undermined, that would fall under the child abuse exemption and schools should protect the student.
This bill isn’t the disaster that some say it is, but it requires careful examination of its language.
It's impossible to overstate the significance of this editorial. Since the Tea Party became a significant force in Tarrant County, the Star-Telegram has become notorious for cheap shot attacks against various grassroots activities. This kerfuffle was tailor-made for them.
That the Star-Telegram, of all media outlets, decided this non-troversey was absurd speaks volumes.