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02/07 This Week At The Capitol: With Representative Jeff Shipley & Updates from Senator Sandy Salmon

In this episode we talk about HF 5 which will protect our children from Obscene material in Iowa Public Schools parents who have had experience with the convoluted process to have the materials removed spoke at the oversight committee hearing meeting last night.

And we discuss the 2nd Amendment Preservation Act. Stay posted for how to support this important legislation for protecting our 2nd Amendment here in Iowa.

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Important Message from Senator Sandy Salmon

Hello, friends,

Here are a couple bills coming up THIS WEEK:

SF 160 – Doctor Prescribing Authority – Health boards are prohibited from restricting the prescribing authority of a practitioner during a public health disaster emergency. Doctors cannot be disciplined for prescribing Iver. And HCQ for COVID patients. I am the chair. The meeting is TOMORROW Wed. Feb. 8th at 11:30 am in the Senate Lounge

SF 159 – Prohibition on LGBT Instruction in K-8: The meeting is Thursday, Feb. 9th from Noon to 1 pm in G15, the Legislative Dining Room. Place may be subject to change – keep close to your email.

  1. This is Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Bill for K-8

  2. Requires schools to keep in mind parents’ rights to control the upbringing, education, and health of their children

  3. Requires schools to notify parents if there is a change in a student’s physical, mental, or emotional health or well-being and the school’s ability to support the student

  4. Schools required to get parental consent for healthcare services

  5. Schools required to get parental consent for student well-being or health care survey

  6. Schools required not to discourage parental involvement

  7. Requires schools to allow parents access to all of their school records

  8. Requires schools not to discourage a student to withhold information from a parent unless the result would be abuse, abandonment or neglect

  9. Prohibits classroom instruction on LGBT issues in K-8 or not age-appropriate

  10. Provides a path for parents to appeal a school district decision to the State Board of Education or to bring a civil suit.

This bill is similar to SF 83 but this one is broader. I know many of you testified for SF 83. Either bill is great. We must keep pressure on to get Senate to take it up.

Thank you so much for your help with this!


Sandy Salmon

State Senator

Iowa Senate District 29


***CALL TO ACTION*** SF85 – CASEL/SEL and Survey Reform legislation.

Link to read the bill:

ACTION NEEDED – Email to the Republican Senators on the education committee as well as Senator Rozenboom requesting this bill to be brought before the full education committee for debate.

SUBJECT: Please support SF85 and move to Committee for debate include SF85 in your subject line)

Talking points are below for your reference however legislators typically just want to know your position. You do not need to write an essay. A few sentences will suffice.

If you have examples from your own school about why SEL is dangerous or an example of an SEL survey, please attach it to your email so that the committee members can see real examples.

Talking points/reference items:

•SEL has been transformed from its origins of teaching universal values that we can all agree on like respect, compassion, self responsibility, goalsetting, to a program today that includes teaching socialist ideologies and the Marxist gender identity theory, as well as that whites are oppressors against the oppressed persons of color.

•CASEL Transformative SEL seeks to insert a worldview of Marxist ideologies based on critical theories including their own religious ideologies into our k-12 school children. There is NO diversity of thought allowed.

CASEL includes frequent classroom lessons and student surveys to assess a students feelings, thoughts and views, family beliefs, and other intrusive questions about mental health, sexual activity and more.

•Schools and teachers should not be surveying students on their psychological, emotional and mental well-being without written parental consent. Schools should also be required to provide the survey to the parent in advance for their review and approval. Schools should also be required to provide the parent with the students answers if they participate in the survey.

•Schools and teachers should not be assessing and diagnosing students for their mental health needs or offering treatments including counseling without written parent consent. This practice should also be a violation of Iowa law on the practice of medicine without a license.

•Schools are spending too much time teaching about “social and emotional learning” in EVERY subject today and therefore less and less time on academics which is resulting in students who are falling behind in the core academics in K through 12 education.

•CASEL is a third-party organization with Marxist roots. The purpose of CASEL’s transformative SEL is to have humans that feel rather than think.

•Schools are using the umbrella term of social and emotional learning which sounds benign and positive, to allow for the teaching of concepts which violate HF802 such as white privilege, divisive concepts, stereotyping, scapegoating, anti-American versions of history that teach that America is systemically racist, and more.

Links to blog posts on SEL you could include:

Something to SELebrate -

SELling out Iowa’s Children -


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