2nd Hearing on Student Choice
Can you once again help us take action on behalf of animals used in education in Maryland? Just last week, we asked you to join the Animalearn team in voicing support of SB 188, the “Public and Nonpublic Schools—Classwork and Assessment Involving Live and Dead Animals—Student Choice Policy.” This week, we are asking you to support the companion bill, HB 206, by contacting Delegate Anne R. Kaiser, the Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, which is currently considering the legislation. The bill is sponsored by Delegate Karen L. Young.
Animalearn Director Nicole Green and Assistant Director Bailee Henderson will be providing testimony in support of HB 206, which will give ALL K-12 students the right to refuse to participate in animal dissection exercises and instead choose effective and innovative, humane science education alternatives.
The Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee needs to hear from Maryland residents, so we urge YOU to make your voice heard and endorse the message of the Animalearn team:
- Give all K-12 students in both public and nonpublic schools the right to refuse animal dissection.
- Ensure that students who opt out of animal dissection exercises are not penalized or discriminated against.
- Require teachers to provide educationally appropriate alternatives.
- Will strengthen protections already existing in some Maryland counties.
Students should not only have the right to refuse animal dissection, but they also deserve a humane science education. Please voice your support of HB 206 to help ensure that this issue moves along in her committee. We can’t do this without you!
Comments are needed by Thursday, February 7th at 11am, so please take action!
Call or write Delegate Kaiser and ask her to support young people of good conscience and advanced methods in science education by allowing HB 206 to move through her Committee.