Education Proposal Promotes Homosexuality
Special Report - September 1, 2009
This week the State Board of Education will consider a $188,000 contract with Appalachian State University to promote contraceptive sex education and pro-homosexuality activities and training for North Carolina teachers and parents. The Academic Services & Instructional Support division of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction is responsible for the contract that is scheduled to apply from July 1, 2009 through May 31, 2010.
The proposed contract lists 16 purposes. They include:
- Providing opportunities for professional development
- Providing regional trainings “on how to hold a public hearing for more comprehensive sex education;”
- Providing training for schools on “comprehensive health education with an emphasis on HIV/STD and teen pregnancy prevention;”
- Providing “a new teacher academy on comprehensive health education with a focus on HIV/STD and teen pregnancy prevention;”
- Implementing “youth advisory councils on HIV prevention;”
- Providing locations and meals for “HIV prevention trainings for Young Males Having Sex with Males (YMSM) and other Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Questioning (LBTQ) youth service providers;” and
Providing “training events for school staff, community leaders and parents on how to be an ally for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Transgender, Questioning (GLBTQ) youth.”
The contract is one of 18 proposed, totaling almost $2.3 million. The recently passed state budget cut state spending on public K-12 education by nearly 10 percent before accounting for federal stimulus dollars, whose addition brought funding to within 4.75 percent of 2008-2009 levels.
Also during this week’s State Board of Education meeting, the Globally Competitive Students (GCS) committee will discuss implementation of the Healthy Youth Act, which narrowly passed the General Assembly in June. The act amends North Carolina’s Abstinence-Until-Marriage (AUM) sex education requirement by including more classroom discussion of all 18 contraceptives approved by the FDA and gives tremendous leeway to local school boards to expand on the program without parental input that was previously required. The GCS committee will discuss the creation of a collaborative of public school and other statewide partners and stakeholders to advise and work to provide a response plan to prepare local school districts, schools, and health educators for implementation of the new law. The stated objectives of the group include “identification of information and materials that are age-appropriate, scientifically-based and medically accurate,” professional development opportunities, and logistics for parental consent and materials review. Their goal is to complete the plan in time for training sessions this winter and spring to prepare for the new curriculum to be in schools for the 2010-2011 school year.
“The contract with Appalachian and the State Board of Education’s swift action to form this collaborative group and to direct such a large chunk of scarce funds to the promotion of deviant sexual behaviors reveals an agenda to promote a pro-homosexuality and contraception how-to ‘safe’ sex mentality to students,” said Bill Brooks, president of the North Carolina Family Policy Council. “While similar oversight requirements have been in place during the last decade under Abstinence-Until-Marriage education in North Carolina, DPI has never put the resources and effort into promoting an authentic abstinence message like they have in seizing this opportunity to push more contraceptive sex education coupled with a well-funded pro-homosexual campaign in public schools to the detriment of North Carolina’s youth.”
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