Los Angeles Unified School District parents in the northwest San Fernando Valley will hold an event at a Northridge church Saturday for those concerned about the implementation of new guidelines for health and sex education instruction.
They say aspects of the new curriculum, which follows a sweeping state health and sex education framework approved last year, is overly explicit and age inappropriate. State education officials say the guidelines were developed for educators to promote classroom inclusivity and help students navigate physical and mental well-being.
Parents say they planned the private speaker forum, which does not feature an LAUSD representative or other outside party supportive of the health curriculum, after the cancellation of local district information meetings scheduled this month. An LAUSD spokesperson said that after meeting with concerned parents in January, the February meeting was cancelled due to timing and staff availability issues. Another parent meeting on the issue is scheduled for March.
Advertised speakers for Saturday’s event include a representative from conservative legal defense group Pacific Justice Institute, talk radio host and Republican congressional candidate Mark Reed, and trustee of LAUSD’s neighboring Conejo Valley School District. That district amended their sex ed curriculum in the wake of opposition from parents.
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