Massachusetts public school students will receive updated sex and health education that is intended to be more inclusive of the LGBTQ+ community and teach about bodily autonomy, mental and emotional health, dating safety, nutrition, sexually transmitted infections and consent after officials unanimously voted to adopt new curriculum.
For the first time since 1999, the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) will adopt a new set of curriculum frameworks for schoolchildren from kindergarten to 12th grade.
While these new frameworks have been approved, Massachusetts does not require schools to teach sexual education, but recommends them. Districts can choose whether to adopt the curriculum or write their own standards.
Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey (Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images/File)
“Despite receiving thousands of comments from parents who did not approve of the draft Framework, BESE forged ahead, making no substantive content changes in the topics of human sexuality and gender identity,” Massachusetts Family Institute President Ian Huyett told Fox News Digital. “Our educational leaders have sent a message that they prioritize activist ideologies over constituent feedback.
“Massachusetts Family Institute will continue to stand with parents to protect their kids from sexualization and gender confusion in schools.”
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