A mandate that all Minnesota school districts have comprehensive sex education programs remains in a major public school funding bill the Minnesota House passed last night (Tues) over Republicans’ objections. Albert Lea Representative Peggy Bennett says Planned Parenthood is pushing curriculum drawn from a controversial book:
“What’s in here would be considered pornography anywhere else…. And this is the kind of thing that’s going to get driven down, not even just to kindergarten but to preschool.”
Northfield Democrat Todd Lippert responds any instruction must be appropriate for age level, and beyond that…
“Parents, if the model program is being used, can opt out — have their children taken out of that instruction, as they can with sexual health curriculum currently.”
Lippert notes school districts could also opt out of the standard curriculum. Opponents respond districts would still be required to have comprehensive sex education programs.