Florida: St. Lucie's Sex Education Forum Draws Crowd
December 11, 2007
On Saturday in Fort Pierce, more than 300 people turned out for the St. Lucie County School Board's public hearing on "Get Real About AIDS," the new sex education curriculum proposed for the district. More than 70 people spoke during the three-hour-plus meeting.
Selected after a year of research by a panel of community leaders, the curriculum was previously offered for review then withdrawn after some parents found it too graphic. A revision process that removed some sections deemed objectionable did little to calm the fears of opponents, some of whom have picketed schools and demanded the resignation of Superintendent Michael Lannon.
The program calls for parents to be notified in writing four weeks before any lesson is presented. Parents can opt their children out of any lessons by contacting the school at least two weeks prior to the instruction.
Among facts to be presented to various student groups are the following:
The board is set to vote on the curriculum Tuesday.
Palm Beach Post
12.09.2007; Cara Fitzpatrick
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