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School Board Votes To Eliminate Most Sex Ed

Oct 28, 2019


Reflector, 11/4/2019: 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.  See also ClarkCountyToday

Minutes:
11. New Business
A. Approval of the Revision to Policy 2125, Sexual Health Education
Troy McCoy asked Ms. Lambert to restate her motion and how she would like the policy written.
 
Ms. Lambert moved to revise Policy 2125: The Battle Ground Public Schools Board of Directors is authorized by law to determine whether sexual health education instruction will be offered in the district. The board has determined that such a program will not be offered to students, consistent with state law.
 
Ms. Lambert suggested striking out the remainder of the policy.
 
The Board referenced Policy 2125. There was discussion whether to amend or eliminate the policy; and if the policy was amended, what curriculum would be used to meet state law? In addition, discussion on fifth grade human growth and development occurred, which is considered a sexual health standard.
 
Amended Motion by Tina Lambert: The Battle Ground Public Schools Board of Directors is authorized by law to determine whether sexual health education instruction will be offered in the district. The board has determined that such a program will not be offered to students, except for fifth grade Human Growth and Development, and what is required by state law.
Final Resolution: Motion Carries: 3-2
Aye: Monty Anderson, Rob Henrikson, Tina Lambert
Nay: Troy McCoy, Mark Watrin