Legislation looks at Parent-Child Rights and Education

Published: Jan. 30, 2023 at 4:41 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Senate Labor, Health and Social Services Committee met Friday morning to discuss the child abuse-change of sex bill.

This bill would charge parents with child abuse if they assist their under-aged, in changing their gender permanently

”This I think is a strong blow for protecting our children,” said Sen. Charles Scott, S.D. 30.

Advocates, Doctors, Mental Health Specialists and the public weighed in lending their expertise and opinions on the topic.

“I think if the bottom line is to criminalize parents for trying to do the best thing for their children is absolutely wrong and is an overstep of government,” said Dr. April Kranz, Internal Medicine Pediatric Physician.

Next, the Senate Education committee looked at the study of the Kindergarten through 12 program and charter schools.

”Children are not our future they are our today. And how we educate and prepare children for tomorrow is going to determine what wyoming looks like for tomorrow,” said Sen. Evie Brennan, S.D. 31.

This would adopt common core skills and standards., looking at the basket of goods schools provide to students.

Modifying the duties of the state board in reporting, graduation and looking at the additional options charter schools may provide for parents and students.

”Making sure that parents feel engaged in their child’s education and at the end of the day that we are providing an adequate a fair well rounded factual education that’s free from  political agendas or bias,” said Megan Degenfelder, State Superintendent of Public Instruction.