Schaumburg-area school district adds sexual orientation, gender identity to sex ed

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Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 voted to adopt units on sexual orientation and gender identity in line with state sex ed standards.

The Daily Herald of Arlington Heights reported that the school board voted 5-2 on Thursday, Nov. 10, despite opposition.

According to the newspaper, 33 people spoke against the change, while six spoke in support of it. Many of those opposing it spoke about religious and personal objections.

During the meeting, District 211 Superintendent Lisa Small said that the district couldn’t pick and choose from the state standards. And, in fact, there was another reason to include them.

“Sexual education is an important part of an educational experience as a high schooler,” she said. “We have done this for years, and I recommend we continue to do so with these modifications.”

The Herald reported that board members Pete Dombrowski and Mark Cramer voted against the curriculum. Dombrowski said less than 9% of the emails he had received about the topic supported the updated standards. He also said the option for parents to individually opt their kids out was vague. Cramer said the curriculum goes too far in removing parental discretion from sex education.

Board member Kim Cavill said the big danger was the “hysteria” visible at the meeting.

“I implore all of us to remember that every day, every moment, we make a choice to treat one another as decent neighbors or mortal enemies,” she said, according to the Herald. “And making enemies out of one another, sowing distrust and discord with wild lies and accusations and malice, tears at our community bond, and young people are the ones that pay the price.”

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