‘Violates multicultural family values’
A controversial sex-ed curriculum for third through eighth grades that has connections to Planned Parenthood has been approved by the Austin Independent School District, despite fierce opposition.
In a unanimous vote early Tuesday morning, the school board voted to approve the new sex-ed curriculum, despite a Texas law passed during the summer that bans any government partnership with an abortion provider.
KVUE reports that the board meeting began Monday night at 7 p.m., but the discussion over the controversial curriculum didn’t begin until just before 9:30. Due to the sheer quantity of people who signed up to speak to the board, the approval of the curriculum took more than two hours and into the early hours of Tuesday morning.
More than 100 concerned parents signed up to speak to the board about the proposed curriculum. It includes role playing and games aimed to get students “comfortable talking about sexuality,” including graphic discussions of coerced oral sex, promiscuity and drunk sex.
“This curriculum violates multicultural family values within our community,” an unidentified woman said at the meeting in a KVUE video.
“Rallies outside the meeting got loud, with one person being taken into custody,” KVUE reports. “Both sides chanted slogans for and against the curriculum changes, with some complaining the other side was getting too rowdy and not allowing all voices to be heard.”
Parents have the option to opt their children out of the curriculum, which they must do prior to March. The curriculum will be taught in May.
Caryl Ayala, the director of Concerned Parents of Texas, told KVUE that the curriculum’s goal is “to normalize these behaviors and to teach them to children so that they can feel OK with engaging in these behaviors.”
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