Massachusetts Bill Regarding Surveys in Public School (H 256)
This law was last updated on Oct 31, 2017
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
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.
Similar to H 2883.