Excerpts from “Md. State Board Approves County’s Sex-Ed Curriculum”
By Daniel de Vise, The Washington Post – July 4, 2007
The Maryland State Board of Education has ruled in favor of a sex-education curriculum adopted last month for use in Montgomery middle and high schools, finding nothing illegal in the new lessons on sexual orientation and condom use, school officials said yesterday.
In a 17-page June 27 opinion, the state panel declined to “second guess the appropriateness” of the curriculum approved by the Montgomery County Board of Education.
A spokeswoman for the community group Citizens for a Responsible Curriculum, which led a consortium of opposition groups, said it was too soon to say whether it might take the matter to federal court. “There are many parents here in Montgomery County who are opposed to the curriculum,” Michelle Turner said. She also said a growing number of parents outside the county are expressing concern with the lessons, which could be adopted in other Maryland counties.
Opposition groups argued that the new lessons violate free-speech rights of students by expressing only one viewpoint on homosexuality, wholly favorable, and that they restrict religious expression by suppressing the view that homosexuality is a sin. They said the lessons violate the constitutional right of equal protection by excluding the perspective of former homosexuals and also the fundamental right of a parent to control the upbringing of a child.
The state school board dismissed each argument in turn.
The ruling noted that parents must give written consent for their children to take the lessons.
And although a parent does have a right to control the upbringing of a child, “that right is not absolute. It must bend to the State’s duty to educate its citizens,” the state board wrote.
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State Education Board Asked to Halt School Board’s Sex Education Push
MD School Board Adopts Sex Ed Curriculum Declaring Homosexuality as Inborn
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