Connecticut House Considers Student Choice One More Time
A new student choice bill, HR 6329, has been reintroduced in the Connecticut legislature. Last year’s bill, which was identical to this one, received approval from all of the committees and was put on the House Calendar but never called for a vote. The previous two years the bill passed the House before it died in the Senate.
This bill would prohibit a school district from requiring any student who raises a conscientious objection to dissection from performing experiments or dissection as part of classroom instruction. The bill requires students to submit their request in writing, but does not provide students with an alternative to the use of the animal or animal specimen.
If this bill succeeds, Connecticut will be the 11th state to pass such a bill.
If you live in Connecticut, please contact your state Representative immediately to support passage of this bill.
If you don’t live in Connecticut, you may want to see which states have passed student choice laws and find out more about how to introduce this legislation in your state. Or visit www.animallaw.com for a model law on the student choice issue that you can pass along to your state representative. Student choice bills are gaining momentum. Why not encourage your state to be the next in line to support this humane education initiative!