Looks like Georgetown ISD is next –
4/10/2013 Wednesday Update in the Williamson County Sun posted –
“Major changes could be in store for Georgetown ISD’s sex education program, a member of a citizens committee tasked with reviewing the curriculum said this week. Former Mayor MaryEllen Kersch, who sits on the committee, said the increase in the number of sexually transmitted diseases in Georgetown from 2007 to 2011 shows that public schools are failing to properly educate teenagers about safe sex. The number of cases of Chlamydia and gonorrhea in the city’s two largest zip codes jumped during that period from 112 to 174, according to data provided to the citizens committee. Officials said that increase cannot be attributed to population growth alone.”
Georgetown ISD currently uses Scott & White’s Worth the Wait Curriculum in the Middle Schools. The 6th graders receive the age appropriate version in their PE classes while 7th and 8th graders receive the instruction in Science. All instruction is done by Georgetown ISD teachers and coaches.
The accusations that are being made against the current curriculum follows the pattern of many Districts in Texas as the Texas Freedom Network’s SHAC Initiative is being executed to ‘advocate change for sex ed’ in Texas. The concerns also follow the SIECUS Community Action Toolkit recommendations.
Most likely discussions in the Georgetown ISD SHAC have resembled some or all of the following:
- requirements of ‘evidence-based’ curriculum,
- demands of discussions on comprehensive sex education,
- declarations that the current curriculum is medically inaccurate and full of factual errors, and
- accusations that the current curriculum and any abstinence based curriculum are fear and shame based.
The Texas Freedom Network is also working very diligently to make sure that SB 521 and HB 1057 do not pass. These bills prohibit abortion providers or affiliates from providing instruction and materials in Texas schools. A few of the curricula that are proposed as solutions MUST have relationships with abortion providers!