Shenendehowa School District reopens door to sex-education

September 4, 2012 • Family Planning, Reproductive Health, United States, News

The following article, coming out of upstate NY, tells of a struggle which took place in the Shenendehowa Central School District: the school’s policy of allowing teachers to invite speakers of their choice into the classroom was used as a proxy in a fight over comprehensive sex ed vs. abstinence only.

Shenendehowa Central School District reopens the door to Planned Parenthood’s sex-education program

Published: Wednesday, August 29, 2012

CLIFTON PARK – Planned Parenthood has been given the opportunity to return to Shenendehowa Central School District.

The district’s Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to accept recommendations from the district’s Health Advisory Committee, including allowing Planned Parenthood speakers into classrooms.

In June the group presented a report to the board recommending that teachers be given the opportunity to invite guests speakers into class at their discretion, a policy that had allowed educators from Planned Parenthood to come into the district’s health classes for nearly 20 years prior to last fall.

Planned Parenthood’s appearances were curtailed abruptly after a parents group expressed concern with their presentations.

The group, Shen Parents Choice Coalition, also took issue with the foundation of the district’s sex education curriculum. Members said, and continue to say, the district would better prepare students and be more factual in its sex education discussions if it switched to a risk avoidance-based curriculum – one that emphasizes abstinence.

The Health Advisory Committee was formed this spring due to a wide spectrum of interested parties and included a member of the parents group and a member of Planned Parenthood’s board who is also a Shen parent.

Their report stated, “It is recommended that it remains the role of the teachers and administrators to determine whether or not guest speakers will be used to enhance the curriculum.”

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