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Educators Say Parental Rights Bill Could Harm Trust With Students

A state senator’s bid to expand parental rights to information about their students is drawing spirited criticism from educators and LGBT activists who argue it does not protect students at risk of abuse if teachers or school officials out them to their families.

State Sen. Konni Burton, R-Colleyville, filed Senate Bill 242 this month requiring schools to share all knowledge about students if parents ask — instead of just written records and reports. If a teacher has “personal, direct or incidental knowledge,” the bill requires them to share it with parents if they inquire.

While the legislation does not specifically mention lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students, critics argue the language is too vague to be effective and could harm the trust between educators and students.