From Terry Greenberg, Ntarupt CEO, “Thank you Dallas ISD Trustees for your careful deliberation and approval of the McGraw-Hill curriculum, as well as for voting to continue the educational partnership with NTARUPT: North Texas Alliance to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy in Teens to deliver Positive Prevention Plus in after-school programs. We admire the bravery of all who testified in support like Ntarupt board president Meaders Ozarow, board members, supporters, educators, and Townview 10th grader Yuri Anderson Handem.
The final Trustee vote count was 7 for; 2 against with each of the male trustees voting for the more comprehensive curriculum. Their ‘yes’ vote was a win for our students, city, and schools. Our next generation will be more equipped with the tools and resources they need to make healthy life decisions. And to the antis, we differ on a few fundamental educational priorities, but I hope we can one day stand together to help decrease teen pregnancy and better protect and prepare our students to thrive throughout their lives. Today, we are one step closer to Dallas being a leader in sexual health education and the fight continues throughout the state. Today, we are one step closer to doing what’s right by all Dallas teens.”
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DISD wants to reduce teen pregnancy, but critics say abstinence needs more focus.
8:23 AM on May 27, 2022
Dallas trustees approved expanded sex education lessons that teach students about birth control and gender identity at a meeting Thursday night.
Some vocal critics objected to the lessons focused on reducing teen pregnancy, saying they aren’t age-appropriate or focus too little on abstinence. But others championed the proposal, stressing that students need more information on safe sex.
“I’ve watched far too many of my family members and neighbors and friends have babies before getting a high school diploma,” said Ayona Anderson, who went to school in Dallas. Her son is now a DISD sophomore. “I want my son to know how to give and receive — or not — sexual consent, how to protect himself, how to not get an STD, and to have the tools to make the best decisions for his life.”
Darius Buggs, who works as the education coordinator for the North Texas Alliance to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy in Teens, told the board that showing teens how to have healthy relationships will allow them to become healthy graduates.
Students frequently ask him questions they are grappling with: Is it okay to be gay? Is it okay to have sex?
“It’s all about creating a space for them to have access to the education so they can make informed decisions,” he said.
DISD trustees voted to approve the new materials at a time when the way Texas schools teach about gender and sexuality is in the spotlight and the ability to get an abortion is being litigated at the Supreme Court. They also approved a partnership with the North Texas Alliance to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy in Teens to offer after-school programs.
Parents must opt their children in to receive reproductive and sexual health instruction in Texas schools.
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Vote count: 7 for; 2 against
“We recognized back then, almost unanimously, that the teen pregnancy rate in Dallas is astronomical,” Dallas ISD trustee Dustin Marshall said at an earlier May meeting before encouraging his fellow trustees to vote for the recommended curriculum. “We have got to do a better job of educating our kids about sexual health and about contraception.”