« Budget Pact Deals Blow to Literacy, History Programs | Main | Assessment Consortia: New Shifts in Membership »

Montana Gov. Uses Branding Iron to Veto Sex-Ed Bill

There are vetoes, and there are particularly hot vetoes. Last week, Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, a Democrat, took a branding iron to a bunch of Republican-drafted bills, including one that would have imposed new limits on schools' ability to provide sex education to students. I'm not kidding; read about it in the Billings Gazette. There's even a video.

The governor noted that castrations often accompany brandings, and cast himself as a merciful guy for restricting himself just to the fiery vetoes.

The sex-ed bill that Schweitzer nixed, HB456, would have required students to have written parental consent to participate in sex-education classes. It also would have forbidden schools from accepting course materials from abortion providers.

Apparently Schweitzer had local-control concerns about interfering with schools' freedom to teach; he had no local-control qualms, apparently, in vetoing another piece of legislation that day: he also branded a measure that would have let counties weigh in about the relocation of wild bison.

Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on edweek.org, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Follow This Blog

Advertisement

Most Viewed on Education Week

Categories

Archives

Recent Comments