Thursday, July 16, 2015|10 p.m.
. The Clark County School Board voted Thursday to delay an evaluation of its heavily slammed sexual education curriculum, much to the aggravation of one board member.
School Board members were supposed to discuss the issue at Thursday night’s meeting, but other members moved effectively to put it off until September, arguing that many parents were on trip and wouldn’t be around to provide input.
The move outraged board member Carolyn Edwards, who first required an assessment of the sex-ed policy in 2013. She stated the board was dragging its feet on behalf of a district that has hesitated to touch the problem.
“I am actually seriously done with being asked to wait,” she said. “How many years do I have to wait to have a conversation on this product?”
“I am upset frankly, that you would ask me to wait once more,” she stated.
But board members were unmoved and voted 6 to 1 to delay it.
“To bring an item that has actually become as volatile as this breaks openness,” said board member Patrice Tew, who represents northwest Las Vegas and some rural communities. “It will cause a rift and an absence of trust that I don’t know that we can recuperate from.”
“I represent a constituency base that wants to be involved,” board member Linda Young said.
Board members said they wished to wait to get more public input, but Edwards mentioned that the district had actually currently gotten parent input, consisting of a districtwide survey. The outcomes existed at a board conference in January and attracted ratings of father and mothers and students on both sides.
However the decision comes as no surprise. CCSD took a beating late in 2013 when it was discovered that they had held personal meetings about sex-ed curriculum without public input. Moms and dads flooded subsequent meetings, decrying the district as being deceptive. The backlash was so severe that it required Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky to openly apologize. Ever since, the district has tread lightly around the concern.
In the meantime, the district’s sex-ed program has come under fire from advocates who say it does not provide students precise information about sex and sexually transferred illness. The curriculum likewise does not provide any information on homosexuality or gender identity, which opponents say makes it discriminatory.
Recently, the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada started providing totally free detailed sex education classes to CCSD students.
The delay likewise annoys the Nevada ACLU, who, like Edwards, has actually been trying to get the district to evaluate its policies considering that it began a statewide evaluation of sex-ed curriculum in 2013.
“In some of the counties we’ve had truly great success,” said Tod Story, president of the Nevada ACLU. “The one spot that has been the most difficult has been Clark County.”
In an evaluation of the district’s sex-ed classroom products, the Nevada ACLU discovered a variety of accurate inaccuracies, which included telling students that condoms aren’t effective in preventing STDs and that cleaning or urinating after sex could prevent pregnancy. They likewise discovered a variety of products were dated or encouraged biased attitudes, like informing female students they would be undesirable in their school if they had sex.
An ACLU memo sent out to school authorities in May detailed the mistakes. But that went unanswered, according to Story.
“They’re doing everything they can to hold on to the status,” he said. “The foot dragging has gone on for method too long.”
He added that the ACLU would check out legal action if CCSD remained to delay the concern.