The Connecticut General Assembly is considering SB1166 - An Act Concerning Implementation of the Connecticut School Climate Policy, which would mandate every school punish students, parents and staff who "harm" another member of the school community.
"Harm" is undefined and left to the tender mercies of local school officials to interpret.
The "restorative practices" are part of a proposed bill to mandate "climate policies" that pressure students and teachers into a "commitment to social justice".
Family Institute of Connecticut Action and allies are concerned that this bill, if passed, would be used to punish students, parents and teachers who cause "harm" by refusing to use another's preferred pronouns during any school activity, whether on school grounds or elsewhere in the community.
This may quickly become a violation of students, parents and teachers' First Amendment protections against compelled speech. Constitutional protections against self-incrimination are also at risk with SB1166.
Section 4 of the bill mandates the use of surveys by schools. Surveys recommended by the Connecticut Department of Education already pressure students to reveal illegal activity by them and their parents. Has your teenager ever accused you of "putting them down"? Ever?! The State of Connecticut wants to know. While the state wrings their collective hands if you have ever used a curse word, they ask your children prurient questions to disclose how feminine or masculine they feel, if they identify as a different "gender", what sexual activity they engage in including homosexual activity, and more.
These are just a few questions from one state-recommended survey that has been used by local officials. We must not have them and other surveys mandated for ALL children. Don't let this bill become a law. Please contact your legislators today and help us spread the word.
The Family Institute of Connecticut (FIC) is composed of three distinct organizations. FIC Action is an 501(c)(4) social welfare organization which undertakes lobbying in defense of marriage and the family. FIC Action Committee is a registered state political action committee that was created in 2004 to help support pro-family candidates to CT state government. Family Institute of Connecticut is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit educational organization founded in 1989 to focus on marriage strengthening projects, educational efforts, and research.