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Rob Shimshock | Education Reporter

A Virginia school board thrust through changes to its sex education curriculum Thursday despite around 90 percent of public respondents disapproving of the changes.

The Fairfax County School Board passed changes including the replacement of “biological sex” with “sex assigned at birth” and the teaching of an HIV drug with “life-threatening side effects,” reported Fox 5. School board member Elizabeth Schultz reported the vote as 10-0 with herself and one other board member, Tom Wilson, abstaining, when speaking with The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Starting in fall 2018, students enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) will learn about the HIV prevention drug Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), which “can cause serious, life-threatening side effects” including “a buildup of lactic acid in the blood (lactic acidosis) and liver problems,” according to the National Institutes of Health.

The Family Life Education Curriculum Advisory Committee (FLECAC) proposed this and the other changes considered by the board. One FLECAC member, Dan Press, has called supporters of President Donald Trump the “American Taliban.”

(Photo Credit: Screenshot Obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation)

(Photo Credit: Screenshot Obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation)

“The rogue Fairfax County School Board once again cast a rigged vote which ignored a stunning level of parent and the community input,” Schultz told TheDCNF. “The level of participation in the online survey about FLE demonstrated a clear desire of parents and the community to be heard — as much as a 5,275 percent increase in the number of comments this year over responses in recent years — no, that’s not a misprint: a five thousand two hundred and seventy-five percent increase in input received.”

The district considered changing a portion of the curriculum stating “students with questions or concerned about their sexual orientation or gender identity will be advised to talk with a parent, member of the clergy, or trusted adult, or counselor” by omitting “clergy” and “counselor.” The school board decided to keep the “clergy” mention, Schultz said.

FCPS will replace its description of abstinence as “the only 100% effective method for preventing pregnancy and disease” with “the only 100 percent effective method for preventing pregnancy and the most effective method for preventing sexually transmitted infection.”

An average of 961 respondents to the district’s request for public comment opposed each proposed change, whereas an average of 131.25 respondents supported each of them.(RELATED: Nearly 90 Percent Of Public Opposed To Virginia County’s Sex Ed Changes)

“The vote to ignore parents and community input, which opposed the changes at a greater than 8 to 1 margin, and to move forward to adopt this false and ideologically-driven content circumvents parental involvement, puts children at risk and undermines the rights of citizens to a transparent, open and accountable limited government,” Schultz told TheDCNF, describing Thursday night’s vote, which can be viewed below.


FCPS School Board Meeting - June 14, 2018

“The most important educational experts that we should be listening to are parents,” the school board member said at the meeting.

Schultz compared the changes to the sex ed curriculum to an unwanted cake.

“The public comes back and says not only do we not care about what flavor cake we want; we don’t want cake at all,” she said.

Schultz also criticized parents’ ability to opt out of sex ed curriculum, noting that what is learned in the classroom does not stay there.

“The failure to opt out by parents cannot be deemed to be informed consent to engage on the most detailed sexually explicit content for minor children without the parents still understanding,” she told TheDCNF.

“The FCPS Board does not care that more than 80 percent of the public opposed the FLE changes,” board member Wilson, who also abstained from the vote, told TheDCNF. “Those who voiced opposition are reasonable people, with reasonable, widely held beliefs about raising children. Their opinions are being ignored.”

“My fellow Board members apparent desire is to diminish the voice of parents, while at the same time exercising complete control of what is taught to children in sex ed,” he said.

TheDCNF reached out to the other 10 school board members for comment, but received none in time for press. A Friday FCPS press release linked to two items: changes to the district’s student rights and responsibilities and a student’s acquisition of a scholarship. Changes to the sex education curriculum were not linked.


"We Don't Need Your Permission!" Fairfax School Bd Votes 10-1 Against Parents

By Cathy Ruse

Our public comments dwarfed the other side. We testified at every meeting for a year. On Thursday night we were out in force, and Board Members Elizabeth Schultz and Tom Wilson were absolutely brilliant (they must be thanked for standing alone for children despite an onslaught of vicious and constant social media attacks).  

But we lost. Because of simple math. 10 hard-left democrats control the board, as they have for decades. They do what they want -- parents and taxpayers be damned.

Still....the media coverage has been huge. And it is really good. I'd call it a miracle.

Thank you for writing and praying! 

And all 12 members are up for re-election next year. We have our mandate.

Skip ahead for these highlights---

FCPS School Board Meeting - June 14, 2018

57:50 citizen speeches (moms for science vs. leftist clergy)
2:01:58 Tom Schultz moves to require schools to obtain written permission from parents
2:28:00 Board votes it down
2:28:41 Chair threatens to make audience leave (one of several threats)
2:29:00 Elizabeth Schultz moves for a delay in voting in new sex ed changes
2:41:00 Tom Wilson speaks in support of this motion

Some great local media clips---


Fairfax County Votes to Tell Boys They Might be Girls


The final vote was a foregone conclusion. No one thought deeply ideological Fairfax County (VA) School Board would vote any other way than 10‑1 for what is among the most radical sex-ed curriculum in the country.

The ten board members, whose names are listed below and who should go down in infamy, voted for children to be taught that they aren’t really male or female, that biological sex is meaningless, that they can transition to a different sex than the sex “assigned” to them a birth. And they will be taught this without their parents’ permission.

The board voted 10‑1 to instruct children about the daily gay sex pill PrEP, recommended for the “very high risk” behavior of condom-less sex with multiple partners of unknown HIV status. PrEP has a 10% failure rate for preventing HIV infection and even AIDs Health organizations warn against it. But the Fairfax School Board just voted to teach it to every high school student, every year, without their parents’ permission.

Rejecting Science

The meeting last night was quite revealing. It pitted science against faith and huge dollops of emotion. Guess which side the objecting parents were on? Science. Speaker after speaker among parents invoked science. What was striking about the other side was their almost unbridled emotion, and that so many of them, men and women, wore Roman collars. They accused the parents of bad form for invoking God, but they were the ones in religious garb, and sermonizing.

The parents stuck to science and common sense. Science and common sense tell us that XX and XY chromosomes are distinct. There is no “assigning” about it.

Reverend David Miller of the Unitarian Universalist Church was first to speak. He condemned the parents for invoking God, something they have hardly ever done. They mostly stick to science. Miller said he does not presume to know what God wants, and then proceeded to tell the crowd that God wants radical sex-ed. To underscore his religious appeal, Miller appeared in a Roman collar. If you turn to his church website, Miller appears not in a Roman collar but in a natty button-down shirt with coordinated sporty tie.

That is one of the odd twists in the culture wars these days. As science has increasingly come to the aid of tradition, the hard-left progressives have come to embrace religious imagery and arguments. Last night was just one more vibrant example of the adherent’s zeal with which the left pursues its secularist religion.

The parents stuck to science and common sense. Science and common sense tell us that XX and XY chromosomes are distinct, that different reproductive organs have different and complementary functions. There is no “assigning” about it. It is only by magical thinking and faith that one can see a penis and say “girl.”

Ignoring Parents

The crowd got quite rowdy last night. One does not often see suburban moms shout out at a meeting. But they were reacting to the truly strange and offensive things said by this radical school board.

One of the issues was abstinence. The current curriculum includes the topic of abstinence only because state law mandates it, but the Fairfax bureaucrats have done everything in their power to diminish this central concept.

Currently the 8th grade abstinence lesson does not talk about abstinence until marriage, but until you move onto your next steady sex partner. The word marriage does not appear even once.

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Until last night, lessons said “abstinence is the only 100% method to prevent STIs.” Now that clear statement is gone. When one school official tried to defend the change by saying, “well, there are other ways sexually transmitted infections can be transmitted, like through breast milk,” the crowd hooted her down. “For 15 year olds?,” one mom shouted. They’re tired of being played for fools by this board.

There are very serious problems with the process, including an almost complete lack of transparency and the absence of input from parents. The sex-ed curriculum advisory committee that is responsible for drafting the lessons is supposed to be made up of stakeholders, namely parents. Any curriculum it devises must reflect “broad-based community involvement.” These are mandates from the Virginia Department of Education.

But the almost 40-member committee is made up mostly of people on the county payroll, not parents. There are even 4 high school students on the committee. These are voting members, including one 9th grader in braces.

Disregarding Public Comments

This committee creates the sex-ed lessons for all children, but they don’t want the children’s parents to know how they voted. In February, the sex-ed advisors formally decided that their votes would be anonymous.

Board member Elizabeth Schultz said that other advisory committees, on less contentious matters, actually meet with parents and get their input. This one never did.

The school board did open for public comment, and then promptly ignored the comments. Why? Because the public overwhelmingly opposed the changes.

The school board did open the proposed changes for public comment, and then promptly ignored the comments. Why? Because overwhelmingly, in some cases unanimously, the public opposed the changes.

According to a tally sheet published two days before the vote, the school board received 1,300 comments, a record-breaking number for the school district. 83% of the comments opposed removing “biological sex” and replacing it with “sex assigned at birth.” 83% opposed instructing kids on PrEP. 100% opposed removing “abstinence is the only 100% effective method to prevent STIs.”

One disturbing trend in this now months-long debate is an animus to religious believers. The board’s hand-picked sex-ed curriculum advisors even recommended that “clergy” be excluded from the list of trusted adults a student might turn to in case of sexual confusion. 100% of the public comments opposed removing “clergy,” and the school board ultimately rejected this recommendation.

Without Permission

Board Member Tom Wilson made a motion that schools should be required to obtain written permission before exposing students to this kind of sex-ed. But the majority of the board was having none of that. Board member Pat Hynes said it would be too much of an administrative burden, and the parents in the audience erupted with yells. One mom stood and shouted, “You require it for field trips!” She was ignored. Board member Elizabeth Schultz ran down a long list of things kids need permission slips for, course selections, prescription medication, even music class. You need your mom’s permission to learn the oboe but not to learn about oral sex.

And so, in the fall, the kids in Fairfax County Schools will learn all manner of radical and even dangerous ideas, and their parents will be none the wiser.


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