A petition making its way through San Diego Unified School District families argues a new sex education curriculum is inappropriate for students.
The San Diego Union-Tribune is reporting that more than 1,000 people have signed the petition, and now school district officials are working to put the issue on the agenda of a future board meeting.
During Tuesday night’s school board meeting some parents spoke out against the curriculum, and the U-T reported some of the comments.
“Parents are shocked,” Karin De Jauegui said. “Parents are appalled by this curriculum.”
Attorney Dean Broyles of the Escondido-based National Center for Law & Policy told the U-T the curriculum goes too far.
“The materials they’re teaching are graphic and pornographic, and go well beyond the law,” he said.
Broyles and some parents also argue the curriculum doesn’t teach abstinence and leads children to Internet pornography, according to the U-T report.
Tuesday’s comments marked the second time the board has heard from a group of disgruntled parents who want to see changes to the curriculum, the U-T reported.
The new curriculum is taught in grades 6, 8 and high school, and was adopted last year in response to the California Healthy Youth Act that went into effect in January, the U-T report continued.
The law requires school districts to provide comprehensive sexual health education.
The San Diego Unified sex education curriculum can be found at https://www.sandiegounified.org/SHEP-curriculum.