OPPORTUNITIES NOT BOUNDARIES FOR OUR MT KIDS! PLEASE ACT FAST ON THIS BILL IN LEGISLATION THIS WEEK!
There is a bad bill in the legislature that will impact how we teach skills and content dealing with Human Sexuality. The bill is Senate Bill 99. The following link is the text of the bill. Please read the text of the bill. https://leg.mt.gov/bills/2021/billpdf/SB0099.pdf
SHAPE Montana has built relationships with many partners throughout the state through advocacy. Principals/Supt's association, school nurses, Planned Parenthood, Bridger Care, MFPE, American Heart Association, and others will be rising in opposition to this short sighted bill.
This is a link to a list of the Senate Committees. SB99 is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Education and Cultural Resources Committee. The link below has the roll. (https://leg.mt.gov/content/Committees/Session/2021-Senate-Committees.pdf) 6 are R's and 4 are D's. The D's will oppose SB99. We need at least one of the R's to vote in opposition as well. A 5-5 vote kills the bill. We need one of them. If any of you know these Senators personally or are constituents of theirs, please reach out personally to them via phone and email. All contact information for each Senator can easily by searching https://leg.mt.gov/session/
A hearing has been scheduled for 2/3/2021 at 2:30. ********Now is the time for action.******** Here are two ways for you to participate in the process.
******Make sure to fill out all the boxes with your information ****** ******Make sure to select the correct Legislator or Committee (Committee= (S) Education & Cultural Resources) ***** ******Select "SB" and "99"****** ******Select "AGAINST"****** ******Make sure and click "Send Message" button******
******Select your position on the bill - "Opponent"****** ******Do you represent another party other than yourself- "No"****** ******Write a short description of what you want to say, or, write a letter to read and submit the file by clicking the button "Choose File"****** ******Indicate whether you would like to testify via Zoom or not****** ******Make sure and click the "Submit" button!******
Talking Points • Opt-in policies create unnecessary hurdles that prevent students from accessing the sex education they have a right to receive.
• Opt-out provisions give parents/guardians control over their child's education by granting them the option to have their child excused from any sex education requirements within a public school's curriculum.
• For some young people, school-based sex education is their only opportunity to receive this vital information. Opt-in policies risk eliminating their education completely.
• Parents/guardians have access to sex education content under both opt-in and opt-out policies.
• Overwhelmingly, parents support sex education in schools.
Sample Message Ideas. Tell your story of teaching Sex-Ed that hits home how important human sexuality skills (consent an others) and content (knowledge) are for todays youth. It doesn’t have to be long. Make sure to say you OPPOSE SB 99 and you’re encouraging them to do the same. (DO NOT COPY. LEGISLATORS DISREGARD MULTIPLE FORM LETTERS)
Dear Senator Smith / Senate Education Committee
I am writing/calling you to express my OPPOSITION TO SENATE BILL 99. As a Montana Health Enhancement teacher and member of SHAPE Montana, I believe that Sexuality Education is critically important to the wellness of our young people, not only in adolescence, but helps them establish skills for a life time of sexual health. OPT-In Policies (insert talking point here and elaborate) OPT-Out Policies are (insert talking point here and elaborate) Please VOTE NO ON SB99
Sincerely, John Johnson Health Enhancement Teacher Garden City Middle School.
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Who is SHAPE Montana
SHAPE Montana - Society of Health And Physical Educators (SHAPE MT) is a professional organization of educators dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles among all Montanans through the promotion of health education, physical education, lifetime fitness and recreational activities, and dance.
The mission of SHAPEMT is to provide advocacy to its members; provide a venue for presentation of research; provide information on grant opportunities; and provide professional development through conventions and workshops to its members.
It is the duty of the officers and members of SHAPEMT to actively seek out new information regarding health enhancement and education in order to ensure professional development and to communicate this information with the people of Montana.