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Governor Ducey signs parental rights bill

(KYMA, KECY/ AP NEWS) - Governor Doug Ducey signed legislation that greatly expands the rights of parents to know anything their children tell a teacher or school counselor.

This being the latest Republican effort to promote parental rights ahead of the 2022 election.

The bill requires teachers and school counselors to tell a student’s parents anything the child discloses in confidence. That includes anything relevant to the physical, emotional or mental health of the child.

It also allows parents to sue school districts or officials if information is withheld.

Republican supporters said the measure gives teeth to parents’ rights to direct their children’s upbringing, while Democrats said the measure will put children at risk and keep young people from confiding in trusted adults.

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