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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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7/12/22  8:54 pm
Commenter: AQuinn

Senate Bill 656
 

I support these critically important model policies that are designed to protect children from sexual content at school and to respect parents' right to determine whether their children are exposed to this content.  It is also equally important to make sure through this document that there are certain specific actions that every school MUST take in order to ensure sexually explicit materials are correctly identified and seen by parents FIRST!  I am concerned that unless certain minimum standards are expressly mandated (as opposed to providing examples or suggestions), many schools may find ways around what they consider to be mere guidance. For instance, in Arlington Public Schools, teachers are given the state FLE guidelines and then the teachers can decide how and what they teach in class.  There is not a specific curriculum that teachers in APS are required to teach.  As a former APS parent, it was very difficult to know in advance what each teacher was going to cover in FLE (Family Life Education), in any given grade.  It has been designed that way, so that parents really don't know what their kids are being taught in FLE.  In recent years, APS has been introducing sexual content in English and History classes, etc...outside of FLE.  This must stop.  Our public schools are no longer safe learning environments for students.  Hopefully SB 656 will change course for the betterment of all students.

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