A proposed Bill in the Texas Senate will force public school teachers to reveal confidential information about their students, even if the student wants to keep it private.
Proposed by Tea Party state Senator Konni Burton, SB 242 will give parents full access to all written records, including counseling records, psychological records and teacher and student counselor evaluations.
This means that parents will have access to conversations that students may be having with their teachers about their sexual or gender identity.
Sen. Burton drafted the Bill in response to new guidelines for transgender students this year to be able to withhold personal information from their parents that they share with their teachers.
The guidelines were later watered down after a rigorous campaign from Sen. Burton and meant that transgender students would have full disclosure with parents, unless it would prove harmful otherwise.
‘After an outcry from the community, including parents, students, and other local stakeholders… Fort Worth ISD felt the pressure and held several town hall meetings on the subject and eventually reformed the guidelines dramatically,’ Sen. Burton said.
‘That is why I am planning to file a bill that rewrites these provisions to make it unequivocally clear that a parent has a right to full and total information on their child’s academic performance, physical, mental and emotional health, and more,’ she said.
Under the proposed Bill, a teacher’s failure to disclose a student’s gender identity or sexual orientation would result in disciplinary action.
Burton’s bill is among dozens of anti-LGBT measures expected to be considered by the Texas Legislature when it convenes in January.