Quoted from the San Francisco Chronicle, Saturday, 19 March 94: FUNDAMENTALIST SCHOOL BOA
Quoted from the San Francisco Chronicle, Saturday, 19 March 94:
FUNDAMENTALIST SCHOOL BOARD ADOPTS ITS OWN SEX EDUCATION
Los Angeles Times
San Diego County
This city's school board voted yesterday to adopt a controversial sex
education program with religious overtones that preaches a strict
message of sexual abstinence and avoids mention of contraception.
"Sex Respect," [don't you love fundie code words? -jv] which has been
legally challenged in school districts across the country, was chosen
by the school board over a state-sanctioned "family life" program,
despite costing $30 more per student to implement.
Critics of "Sex Respect" said yesterday that they expect to sue the
district when the program is put in place n July.
In an emotional meeting that lasted until early yesterday morning, the
Christian conservative majority of the five-member board also voted to
replace its staff attorneys with anti-abortion lawyer David Llewellyn
of Sacramento, who often represents Christian political organizations.
Barbara Donovan, chairwoman of Community Action for Public Education,
said the board, by hiring Llewellyn, is gearing up for her group's
expected legal challenge to Sex Respect.
"Why hire someone with a specialty unless you know you'll need the
specialty?" said Donovan, who called 'Sex Respect' a fear-based
program that "they're using to lord their 'moral values' over the
consideration of everyone else in Vista. This was not a popular
Angry parents and teachers often protest against Board President
Deidre Holliday and fellow members John Tyndall and Joyce Lee, who
were the targets of a recent recall bid that failed to gather enough
signatures but have said they will attempt another recall in November.
Among other actions, the board voted to reject the inclusion of
Secular Humanism into religion classes. Trustee Sandee Carter accused
board member Tyndall of hoping to include Secular Humanism in the
district curriculum in a thinly veiled attempt to "belittle or demean
people who do not worship the way you do."
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