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Eugene

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Tue Feb 27, 2024, 11:17 AM Feb 2024

Utah House kills bill banning LGBTQ+ Pride flags and political views from classrooms

Source: Associated Press

Utah House kills bill banning LGBTQ+ Pride flags and political views from classrooms

BY HANNAH SCHOENBAUM
Updated 9:36 PM EST, February 26, 2024

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah teachers will be free to display LGBTQ+ Pride flags and other social, political or religious imagery after the state House blocked a bill on Monday that would have banned teachers from using their position to promote or disparage certain beliefs.

The Republican-led chamber defeated the proposal in a 39-32 vote as they raced to address hundreds of outstanding bills during the final week of the 2024 legislative session. Both Democrats and Republicans criticized the bill’s vague language and warned that it could stymie important lessons in critical thinking.

Educators would have been prohibited under the bill from encouraging a student to reconsider their sexual orientation or gender, and they could have faced punishment for affirming or refusing to affirm a student’s identity. Challenging a student’s political viewpoints or religious beliefs, even within the context of an educational exercise, also could have left a teacher vulnerable to a lawsuit.

Some teachers pleaded with lawmakers earlier this month to reject the bill, which they said would make them afraid to speak openly in the classroom. But Rep. Jeff Stenquist, a Draper Republican and the bill’s primary sponsor, encouraged educators to view it as a tool to improve trust in the state’s education system.

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Read more: https://apnews.com/article/utah-education-lgbtq-flag-ban-08f7c13746c811d8ed7b8ab7b9b9a43d

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Utah House kills bill banning LGBTQ+ Pride flags and political views from classrooms (Original Post) Eugene Feb 2024 OP
Good deal. Midnight Writer Feb 2024 #1
If it passed Old Crank Feb 2024 #2

Old Crank

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2. If it passed
Tue Feb 27, 2024, 01:04 PM
Feb 2024

Could every teacher join a class action suit for a million dollars each for the suppression of constitutional rights?

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