Commonwealth Policy Center

The Kentucky Department of Education is doubling down on LGBT advocacy in public schools. They claim that a recently enacted law (SB 150) protecting teachers’ conscience rights and keeping controversial curriculum out of the classroom— violates federal law. In the memo, KDE claims SB 150 will conflict with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), another federal law that says parental rights transfer to the student when they turn 18. KDE also advises school districts to seek legal counsel because schools could face lawsuits for not requiring teachers to use the preferred gender pronouns of students. The problem with the memo is that there is no federal law requiring teachers to use gender-preferred pronouns or embrace controversial curriculum.