School Board Postpones Action on Sex Ed Proposal

By Beacon Staff

HELENA – An executive committee made up of Helena school board trustees has decided to postpone action on a proposed sex education program that has angered many in the community.

The proposal would teach first-graders about same-gender relationships, fifth-graders that sexual intercourse includes “vaginal, oral, or anal penetration,” and high school students about erotic art. The curriculum also would teach kindergartners anatomical terms for sex organs.

At a hearing Tuesday night, several parents urged the board to take the proposal back to the drawing board. The board was scheduled to discuss the topic again in August.

But the committee decided Friday to take up the proposed sex education program again during a Sept. 14 meeting and could vote on it in October. The postponement will allow the curriculum’s authors to consider the outpouring of comments from the community and make any changes.

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