Bill on explicit material in class moves forward

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RICHMOND, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- A bill that would require schools to warn parents if a teacher plans to use explicit material has moved forward in Virginia General Assembly.

It's being pushed by Delegate Steve Lanes, who represents part of Albemarle County.

The legislation passed the state House of Delegates earlier this month, and then it passed a Senate committee Thursday morning.

While it would require parental notification if the use of sexually-explicit material is planned, it does not define what sexual-explicit material means.

It would be up to the local school boards to define explicit.

Landes says the bill is not meant to ban books.

"We tried to be very careful not to infringe on anyone's First Amendment rights," he said. "We're not saying that those materials can't be there. In fact, if a parent wants their child to read that material, that is more than allowed."

According to an Albemarle County Public Schools spokesperson, the schools don't have a policy like this right now.

However, they do allow parents to opt-out if they don't want their kids to get sex-ed instruction.

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