Some Iowa schools are demanding parents' permission to use a child's nickname in class. Parents say they've been sent permission slips authorizing the school to use nicknames - even simple ones like 'Joe' for Joseph or 'Kim' for Kimberly. The reason? Senate File 496, a recently-passed law that bans teachers from using "a name or pronoun" different from the one listed in the school records without parental permission. Because of the 'vague' wording of the law, schools are taking extra precautions to be on the safe side - even though Republican lawmakers who sponsored the bill say it wasn't meant for nicknames.
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