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New state sex education standards in New Jersey teach students as young as 13 about anal sex and their pregnancy options, and school districts that don’t follow the rules could face “disciplinary action” or even loss of funding.
The standards were adopted by the New Jersey Board of Education in June 2020 and schools are required to implement them starting this month. Amid concerns from parents and school districts, the Department of Education has warned that schools that fail to implement the new standards could face disciplinary action.
The state standards describe what students must learn in each grade, and it is up to the districts to design a curriculum that meets the standards. By eighth grade, by New Jersey standards, students must “describe pregnancy tests, the signs of pregnancy, and pregnancy options, including parenting, abortion, and adoption;” and “Define vaginal, oral, and anal sex.”
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By eighth grade, students should also “develop a plan to eliminate or reduce the risk of unintended pregnancy and STDs (including HIV).”
A mother of students in the Berkeley Heights school district called the standards “harmful and offensive,” adding that it was difficult to find exactly what her children would learn on her school’s website.
The mother, who wishes to remain anonymous, has chosen to opt out of her children from the parts of the updated sex education program that she and her husband found alarming, but she was concerned that other parents in the state would be unaware. would be of what is being taught.
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“All I ask is transparency and accountability,” she said, adding that she hopes other parents realize there are ways to opt out.Read:Pandemic unemployment benefits fraud may top $45 billion, federal watchdog says
“I had to send out quite a few emails trying to figure out who’s in charge and what to learn to get to this point,” she said, adding that it’s “a lot of work for most parents.”
Berkeley Heights school district superintendent, Dr. Melissa Varley, told Fox News Digital that the district “presented the new PE/Health Curriculum at the Aug. 11 public council meeting. The Assistant Superintendent and PE/Health Supervisor detailed the opt-out process available to all parents.”
“In addition, all parents are welcome to view the curriculum guides and teaching materials in person,” she added.
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dr. Varley also noted that regardless of the district’s beliefs about the standards, New Jersey state law requires them to be taught. “If we don’t, we won’t pass the New Jersey Quality Single Accountability Continuum (NJQSAC) monitoring. If the district doesn’t pass this process, we may not be eligible for state and even federal funding.”Read:US trial begins for Trump ally accused of illicit UAE lobbying | Courts News
“Because our government and the newly-appointed Supreme Court justice have struggled to define what a woman is, it gives parents like me little confidence. Those who write our updated state guidelines on sex are doing everything they can to teach my children how to safe anal sex and abortion. It is an insult to the parents and destructive to our children,” said the mother in the Berkeley Heights school district.
“The New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS) are mandatory for local education agencies (LEAs) to implement and failure to comply may result in disciplinary action,” a spokesperson for the New Jersey Department of Education told Fox News Digital. “Below [New Jersey Statutes Annotated] 18A:35-4.7, in order to release children from any element of education related to health, family life, or sex education, their parent or guardian must notify the principal in writing that the instruction is contrary to their conscience or genuine moral or religious beliefs.”
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“The New Jersey Quality Single Accountability Continuum (NJQSAC) serves as one mechanism for the New Jersey Department of Education’s compliance auditing and self-assessment system for public school districts (districts). The system focuses on the monitoring and evaluation of districts in five core components that have been identified through research as key factors for effective district operations Specific indicators in each of the five areas are evaluated by the district itself and verified by the department If a district scores less than 80% on any of the NJQSAC areas, the district is required to prepare a district improvement plan to address the identified indicators, an assessment is made of the district’s capacity and effectiveness based on the compliance with the indicators. the district placed on a performance continuum that determines its level of oversight and the technical assistance and support it receives in accordance with NJSA 18A: 7A-10. Depending on the percentage of quality performance indicators that a district meets when assessing the improvement plan, the Department may determine whether additional monitoring or intervention is warranted, in accordance with NJSA 18A:7A-14,” the spokesperson continued.
Kelsey Koberg is an editor at Fox News Digital. Story tips can be sent to [email protected] and on Twitter: @KelseyKoberg.