Inland Empire Parents Protest New Sex Ed Curriculum

Public school parents in the Inland Empire protested outside school district offices Tuesday against a state law mandating new sex education curriculum for all students in grades 7 through 12.

California’s Healthy Youth Act was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2015 and will soon be implemented by school districts statewide. It strengthened requirements on education regarding HIV prevention and requires “affirmative” education regarding LGBTQ identities, including gender issues.

One parent protesting its coming implementation at the Chino Valley Unified School District described California’s sexual education policies as “out of control” (ABC 7 News). Guardians complained about age appropriateness and a sense that they’re losing control over basic aspects of their children’s lives and upbringing.

Proponents of the law, however, have argued that comprehensive, medically accurate sexual education from an early age is critical to the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, teen pregnancy, sexual abuse, bullying, and social isolation.