By Cuellar of Hidalgo H.B. No. 1692 74R5953 CAS-D A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 1-1 AN ACT 1-2 relating to a parenting education program in public schools. 1-3 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: 1-4 SECTION 1. Subchapter D, Chapter 21, Education Code, is 1-5 amended by adding Section 21.104 to read as follows: 1-6 Sec. 21.104. PARENTING EDUCATION PROGRAM. (a) The board of 1-7 trustees of each school district shall develop and implement a 1-8 parenting education program. 1-9 (b) Each parenting education program: 1-10 (1) must include course material relating to parenting 1-11 designed to be appropriate for and designated to be taught to 1-12 students at specific grade levels, beginning at the first grade 1-13 level and continuing through the 12th grade level; 1-14 (2) must provide for teaching: 1-15 (A) the obligations of parenting, including the 1-16 responsibilities of the mother and father to feed, clothe, and 1-17 otherwise care for and provide for a child; and 1-18 (B) the skills needed in parenting; and 1-19 (3) may not include sex education. 1-20 (c) Each district shall provide information to parents and 1-21 guardians of students in the district concerning the content of the 1-22 program. A student may receive instruction in the program only if 1-23 the student's parent or guardian gives written permission. 1-24 (d) For the 1996-1997 school year, each district shall offer 2-1 the program to students in grade levels one through five. For the 2-2 1997-1998 school year, each district shall offer the program to 2-3 students in grade levels one through eight. For the 1998-1999 2-4 school year, each district shall offer the program to students in 2-5 grade levels one through 12. This subsection expires September 1, 2-6 1998. 2-7 SECTION 2. The importance of this legislation and the 2-8 crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an 2-9 emergency and an imperative public necessity that the 2-10 constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several 2-11 days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended, 2-12 and that this Act take effect and be in force from and after its 2-13 passage, and it is so enacted.