Disputed sex-ed plan OK'd after four hours of debate
After four-and-a-half hours of discussion and testimony from parents, community members and students, the West Linn-Wilsonville School Board voted unanimously Feb. 25 to adopt the Comprehensive Human Sexuality Education Plan.
The commons area at Meridian Creek Middle School was full of emotion as students and parents shared stories of bullying, harassment and sexual assault to demonstrate their support or opposition of the plan.
The effot has been in the works for the past two years, since the state adopted new health and wellness curriculum standards in 2016.
At Monday's board meeting, several parents and community members expressed concern that some components of the new curriculum were too sexually explicit. Others disliked that the plan includes teachings about sexual and gender identity.
Some parents thought some of the topics in the curriculum were too sensitive for school and ought to be taught by parents at home.
WL-WV Assistant Superintendents Barb Soisson and Jennifer Spencer-Iiams addressed this concern by assuring parents that they always have the choice to opt their child out of certain sex-ed lessons without any impact on their student's grade.
State Reps. Rachel Prusak and Courtney Neron — a nurse and a teacher, respectively — were on hand to voice their support.
In the end, it was the testimony of students that had the biggest impact on the board's decision.
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