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Guidance Document Change: The guidance document "Model Policies Concerning Instructional Materials with Sexually Explicit Content" was developed in conjunction with stakeholders in order to comply with SB656 (2022).
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8/1/22  10:54 am
Commenter: Mary Catherine McMahon

Model Policies Concerning Materials with Sexually Explicit Materials

I am a parent and tax payer. I am completely against the use of sexually explicit materials in schools from preschool through high school unless these materials are carefully chosen and an approved part of sex education. I previewed an annotated bibliography of 20 books in an English class for my busy high school son when he requested help in choosing and getting a copy of a book for the coming week. He asked the teacher if any of the books on the list were made into movies, which ones would not be R rated. The teacher shared that there might be two. When I combed through the list and looked at reviews and summaries on line, I did not find a book on the list that did not seem R rated. After consulting with another high school English teacher about alternative choices, my son presented an alternative list of books and requested to read one of those. His request was granted.

I have a right as a parent to guide my children toward materials which are not sexually explicit. I support policies that respect this right. I believe that I have a right to determine whether my child is exposed to this type of content.

As the parent, I believe that I know my children the best and can determine what is in best for each one. I believe that I am responsible for my children's education and can make informed and wise decisions regarding my children. 

I would like the Model Policies document to outline specific actions that every school MUST take in order to ensure sexually explicit materials are correctly identified and seen by parents BEFORE they are presented to students. I support mandating rather than suggesting standards so that schools will not treat the guidelines as mere guidance.


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