State board votes no to sex education standards
by: The North Platte Bulletin - Sep. 7, 2021
The Nebraska State Board of Education voted Friday not to continue developing controversial health standards that laid out general guidelines for sex education in public schools.
The proposed standards attracted the criticism of Gov. Pete Ricketts, several state senators and hundreds of people across the state. The North Platte public school board made it clear they would not follow the first draft of the standards.
The state board voted 5-1 to postpone.
If adopted, fundamental components of sexuality would have been taught to students as early as kindergarten. First graders would have been taught about gender identity. Seventh graders would learn about anal and oral sex, the Nebraska Republican Party said.
State Sen. Matt Williams of Gothenburg, who is a candidate for the University of Nebraska's governing board - the Board of Regents - previously called on the state board to indefinitely postpone the process.
"As a father and grandfather, I believe our kids deserve a world class education, and one in which a parent can decide when and how their children learn about sex education," Williams said. "These standards have missed the mark and undermine Nebraska's cores values of parental control and family quality education."
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