Planned Parenthood addresses newly proposed sex ed programming at Spokane Public Schools
SPOKANE, Wash. — On April 11, the Spokane Public Schools (SPS) Human Growth and Development Community (HGD-CAC) will vote on a newly proposed sexual health education program.
Last month, SPS administrators released the new program to HGD-CAC members. The program incorporates various sources including lessons from Get Real, an evidence-based intervention developed by Planned Parenthood, Health Smart, KNOW, F.L.A.S.H. and other lessons developed by SPS.
HGD-CAC will reconvene on April 11 to vote on whether to recommend the new program to the school board for adoption.
Planned Parenthood has released a statement rejecting the proposed program, stating, “The majority of voices in our community support an evidence-based approach to sexual health education. While the proposed patchwork sexual health program is better than the current sexual health education materials, our students deserve a program that has been evaluated and proven to be effective.”
In its evaluation, Planned Parenthood has expressed five main areas of concern in regards to the proposed program, including:
Undetermined program effectiveness and no evaluation plan
Lack of LGBTQ inclusivity, most program materials are heteronormative
Very few lessons with a strong social and emotional learning component
Many patchwork program materials use ineffective fear-based and shaming language
Lack of clearly identified teacher training plan
Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho recommends that an evidence-based program be implemented in 6th-9th grade classrooms.
“When young people have access to evidence-based and inclusive information in a trauma informed environment, they make healthy decisions about their lives.”
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