SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the California State Board of Education’s vote to revise sex education guidance for public school teachers (all times local):
A few hundred protesters have gathered to protest proposed changes to sex education guidance for California’s public school teachers.
The California State Board of Education is scheduled to vote on new health education guidance for teachers. The proposal includes advice about how to teach sex education, including discussing masturbation with middle-schoolers and recommending books that teach healthy practices for LGBT high schoolers.
Four-year-old Angelie Reyes held a sign that read: “Protect my innocence and childhood.” She traveled more than 400 miles to Sacramento with her mother, Patricia Reyes, who called the proposal “pornography.”
Michele McNutt, a mother with two children in elementary school, said she supports the proposal because it is never too early to teach her daughters about healthy relationships and consent.
The California State Board of Education is set to vote on new guidance for teaching sex education in public schools that some opponents are calling unnecessary and even obscene.
The guidance gives teachers advice about talking to kindergarteners about gender identity, discussing masturbation with middle-schoolers and recommending books that teach healthy practices for LGBT high schoolers.
The board meets Wednesday to consider a document designed to give teachers ideas to meet the state’s health education standards. The guidance is not mandatory.
The proposal has angered some parents and conservative groups who say it goes too far.
Equality California Communications Director Samuel Garrett-Pate said many parents support the changes. He said too often LGBTQ students don’t receive information during sex education that teaches them about healthy practices.
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