A Virginia school board thrust through changes to its sex education curriculum Thursday despite around 90 percent of public respondents disapproving of the changes.
The Fairfax County School Board passed changes including the replacement of “biological sex” with “sex assigned at birth” and the teaching of an HIV drug with “life-threatening side effects,” reported Fox 5. School board member Elizabeth Schultz reported the vote as 10-0 with herself and one other board member, Tom Wilson, abstaining, when speaking with The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Starting in fall 2018, students enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) will learn about the HIV prevention drug Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), which “can cause serious, life-threatening side effects” including “a buildup of lactic acid in the blood (according to the National Institutes of Health.) and problems,”
The Family Life Education Curriculum Advisory Committee (FLECAC) proposed this and the other changes considered by the board. One FLECAC member, Dan Press, has called supporters of President Donald Trump the “American Taliban.”
“The rogue Fairfax County School Board once again cast a rigged vote which ignored a stunning level of parent and the community input,” Schultz told TheDCNF. “The level of participation in the online survey about FLE demonstrated a clear desire of parents and the community to be heard — as much as a 5,275 percent increase in the number of comments this year over responses in recent years — no, that’s not a misprint: a five thousand two hundred and seventy-five percent increase in input received.”
The district considered changing a portion of the curriculum stating “students with questions or concerned about their sexual orientation or gender identity will be advised to talk with a parent, member of the clergy, or trusted adult, or counselor” by omitting “clergy” and “counselor.” The school board decided to keep the “clergy” mention, Schultz said.
FCPS will replace its description of abstinence as “the only 100% effective method for preventing pregnancy and disease” with “the only 100 percent effective method for preventing pregnancy and the most effective method for preventing sexually transmitted infection.”
An average of 961 respondents to the district’s request for public comment opposed each proposed change, whereas an average of 131.25 respondents supported each of them. (RELATED: Nearly 90 Percent Of Public Opposed To Virginia County’s Sex Ed Changes)
“The vote to ignore parents and community input, which opposed the changes at a greater than 8 to 1 margin, and to move forward to adopt this false and ideologically-driven content circumvents parental involvement, puts children at risk and undermines the rights of citizens to a transparent, open and accountable limited government,” Schultz told TheDCNF, describing Thursday night’s vote, which can be viewed below.
“The most important educational experts that we should be listening to are parents,” the school board member said at the meeting.
Schultz compared the changes to the sex ed curriculum to an unwanted cake.
“The public comes back and says not only do we not care about what flavor cake we want; we don’t want cake at all,” she said.
Schultz also criticized parents’ ability to opt out of sex ed curriculum, noting that what is learned in the classroom does not stay there.
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