Connecticut Passes 11th State Student Choice Law
Students in K-12 no longer need to dissect, with parental approval
Connecticut has become the 11th state with a law protecting a student’s right to receive a humane education, free from animal dissection. On July 11, 2013, Governor Dannel Malloy signed HB 6329 that will prohibit local and regional school districts from requiring any student to participate or observe the dissection of an animal as part of classroom instruction.
The new law, which applies to schools from grades K-12, requires students to submit their request in writing and to obtain permission from their parent or guardian in order to opt-out of dissection. The law does not specifically require schools to provide an alternative to the dissection unit, however students can obtain alternatives on a free-loan basis from NAVS’s BioLEAP or from another humane education program.
Congratulations to all of the advocates—and legislators—in Connecticut who supported passage of this bill!