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Massachusetts Bill Regarding Surveys in Public School (H 256)

This law was last updated on Oct 31, 2017

This law is Anti–Choice Anti–LGBTQ




H 256




Jan 23, 2017


Primary Sponsors: 1
Total Sponsors: 1


Anti-Transgender, LGBTQ, Parental Involvement, Sex Ed and Abstinence Only

Full Bill Text

H 256 would require a public elementary or secondary school to obtain written parental consent prior to requesting or requiring a student to submit to a survey, analysis, or evaluation concerning personal issues including, but not limited to:

  • emotional and psychological concerns or issues, whether concerning the student or his family (including mental health screenings);
  • sexual behavior and attitudes;
  • illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behaviors;
  • feelings of victimization;
  • suicide attempts or ideation, or self-abuse;
  • birth control or abortion;
  • critical appraisals of other individuals with whom respondent has family relationships;
  • legally recognized privileged or analogous relationships, such as those with lawyers, physicians, therapists, and ministers;
  • political affiliations; or
  • income.

This would apply to all such surveys, whether from a state or federal agency.

If passed, school personnel may be forced to inadvertently out LGBTQ students to their parents.

Related Legislation

Similar to H 2883.


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