Tell the Truth to Alabama Parents

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Posted: May 12, 2022 10:11 AM

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My mother taught me never to lie. My father also taught me to protect the innocent and the vulnerable, especially young children. In the Bible, we read the same thing when Jesus teaches, to put it mildly, that it would be better for a person to go jump in a lake than to cause a child to stumble into sin (Matthew 18:6). As a parent, I am passing these values on to my children. I hold myself to the same standards. That’s why I need to call out the people who are lying about an amendment offered to protect young children in Alabama’s public school classrooms. That amendment is now law, as part of HB 322, a bill signed by Gov. Kay Ivey last month.

The amendment offered by Senator Shay Shelnutt is so short and simple I can quote it here: “An individual or group of individuals providing classroom instruction to students in kindergarten through the fifth grade at a public

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