TRENTON - Ninth Legislative District Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf, and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove said Wednesday they will vote against legislation that would require school districts to provide instruction on diversity and inclusion, including a focus on sexual orientation, warning that it infringes upon parental rights.

The bill, A-4454/S-2781, would require that instruction to be provided to students from kindergarten through 12th grade as part of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards.

The 9th District legislators issued the following statement:

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“This legislation simply goes too far and strays from the core mission of our state’s education system.

“Teaching children, beginning in kindergarten, about sexual orientation as part of their school curriculum is irresponsible, inappropriate and misguided. This should be a responsibility of parents, not educators.

“If this legislation is enacted, many parents across the state will be shocked and rightfully livid when they learn that their young children are being indoctrinated about sexual orientation when they should be focusing on mathematics, science, and reading.

“New Jersey’s education system already has policies in place to prevent bullying and thereby promote inclusion. Moreover, greater consideration must be given to the cumulative negative impact of imposing mandates on our school system that divert attention and limited resources away from the educational priorities that our children truly need.

“Accordingly, our delegation will be voting ‘no’ on this unnecessary legislation that infringes upon parental rights.”