The Republican state Legislature is leading the “egregious destruction of education,” according to Dustin Williams, Pima County School Superintendent, who spoke at the March 3, 2022 meeting of Democrats of Greater Tucson. He discussed several pending bills that use “the tactics of fear” on what can be taught in school.

Dustin Williams, Pima County School Superintendent

SB1138 would limit transgender students from expressing their gender identity in school bathrooms, school classrooms and school sports.

Bill text: https://www.azleg.gov/legtext/55leg/2R/bills/SB1138P.pdf

News article: https://www.abc15.com/news/state/13-bills-that-could-affect-transgender-youth-winding-through-arizona-legislature


SB1165 would prevent transgender girls in grades K-12 from playing on girls’ sports teams.

Dubbed the “Save Women’s Sports Act,” it was passed by the Senate and has had two readings in the House.

Superintendent Williams said that this bill is being held up by Republican Paul Boyer (LD20).

Bill text: https://www.azleg.gov/legtext/55leg/2R/bills/SB1165P.pdf


HB 2161 would penalize school employees who withhold any information from parents about the student’s physical, emotional or mental health.

HB 2161 would make it illegal for a government employee to withhold information that is “relevant to the physical, emotional or mental health of the parent’s child.” And the measure specifically bars withholding evidence from parents about a student’s “purported gender identity” or a request to transition if that identity “is incongruous with the student’s biological sex.”

News story: https://tucson.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/arizona-bill-would-punish-teachers-for-keeping-student-confidences-from-parents/article_432c7416-7df9-11ec-8041-a758bafa88a6.html

Bill text: https://www.azleg.gov/legtext/55leg/2R/bills/HB2161P.pdf


Ban sex education or AIDS education before sixth grade.

This measure died in the legislature, according to Dustin Williams, Pima County School Superintendent.

HB 2285 (primary sponsor Rep. John Fillmore, R-Apache Junction): would prevent school districts and charter schools from providing sex education or AIDS education before sixth grade and emphasize biological sex, not gender identity.

Bill text: https://www.azleg.gov/legtext/55leg/2R/bills/HB2285P.pdf


SB1211 requires teachers to post any curriculum about race, gender, ethnicity or diversity online three days before teaching to students — to expose ‘critical race theory’ in classrooms

Bill text: https://www.azleg.gov/legtext/55leg/2R/bills/SB1211P.htm


Let parents review every book in the library.

House Bill 2439

  • Would require a school governing board to review all books in its library and create a system for parental review of library books.
  • Passed the House 31-28-1 and has moved to the Senate for consideration.
  • Prime sponsor: Rep. Pingerelli, R-Peoria.

Bill text: https://legiscan.com/AZ/text/HB2439/id/2478240


Stop educators from teaching any material that “casts blame” based on race or ethnicity.

House Bill 2112

  • Prohibits school employees from any publicly funded instruction that advocates blame or judgment based on race.
  • Passed the House 31-28-1 and has moved to the Senate for consideration.
  • Prime sponsor: Rep. Michelle Udall, R-Mesa.

Bill text: https://www.azleg.gov/legtext/55leg/2R/bills/HB2112P.pdf