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Battle Ground schools nix sex ed requirement
The Reflector, Nov 4, 2019

The Battle Ground Public Schools Board of Directors has decided to do away with most sexual education following community concerns over the content of the curriculum, instead going with the state minimum of HIV/AIDS prevention education.

The board voted 3-2 during its Oct. 28 meeting to change part of its policy to not teach comprehensive sexual education, keeping only the HIV/AIDS prevention required through the Washington State AIDS Omnibus Act as well as a fifth-grade unit on growth and development. Board President Troy McCoy and board member Mark Watrin voted against the change.

At the meeting, more than 40 members of the public testified, with the vast majority speaking out against the curriculum. Concerns focused generally on the effects of teaching topics such as pregnancy prevention, gender identity and stereotypes over fear it would lead to negative effects on students, such as increased promiscuity.

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