North Carolina may soon be the first state in the nation to require pre-K teachers to tell parents when their children are changing their gender identity, sexual activity, or sexuality.
Jim Burgin, a Republican, has introduced Senate Bill 49, which would require teachers to inform parents of changes to students' well-being or requests to change a student's pronouns, the News & Observer reports.
The bill, which passed the state Senate unanimously on Tuesday, is based on recommendations from the Child Fatality Task Force, on which Burgin sits.
It would also ban curricula on gender identity, sexual activity, or sexuality in kindergarten through fourth grade, and require teachers to notify parents of changes to students' well-being or requests to change a student's pronouns.
The bill includes exceptions to sharing that information "when a reasonably prudent person would believe that disclosure would result in the child becoming an abused juvenile or neglected juvenile," according to the task force's recommendations.
David Willis, a Republican who owns a preschool, says the bill is necessary because of the state's child care shortage.
"We know there's going to have to be a multi-layered approach to this," Willis says.
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