A Democratic-led proposal to revamp George W. Bush's signature
education law includes language to protect homosexual students -
language that is sure to spark controversy.
The massive 1,150-page Elementary and Secondary Education Act
(No Child Left Behind) was introduced last week by Senator Tom
Harkin (D-Iowa) and co-sponsored by ten other senators. Buried
within the measure - beginning on page 694, to be exact - is a
provision that states federal funding would be cut off for schools
that are not providing sufficient protections for "gay" and lesbian
students to prevent bullying or harassment.
Linda Harvey, president of Mission
America, tells OneNewsNow there are two different issues
"One is the open expression of homosexuality; and the second is
kindness and civility," she explains. "Our children all deserve
kindness and civility, and that can happen even if they are
learning homosexuality is wrong. And they're trying to combine the
two and say that they are the same thing."
Harvey wants to see more control given to parents at the local
level and less federal involvement. "The federal government getting
involved in education in the first place is a very unwise and
uncomfortable idea for most families in America," she argues.
"There's no reason that we shouldn't keep education at the local
A sharply divided Congress has prevented No Child Left Behind
from being renewed since it expired in 2007, and many conservative
analysts are doubtful it will be renewed any time soon.
According to The Associated Press,
the pro-homosexual provision was not highlighted in the news
release announcing the bill.