Parents want change for 2022-2023
arents in Oregon are uniting against public school curriculums that teach sexual identity. They
are discovering that blindly trusting the state to educate their kids is
not limited to the three Rs (reading, writing, and 'rithmetic)
When COVID hit and kids were taught
virtually from home, parents also learned how they were misled. The
blinders were taken off of critical race theory (CRT), sexual identity and
comprehensive sexuality education (CSE).
In total defiance of parents, the 2022 Oregon Legislature passed SB
introduced by the Senate Interim Committee on Education, which
is chaired by Senator Michael Dembrow (D-Portland). The measure
reduces the value of parents’ voices at school board meetings by giving
the school district superintendent unfettered power over the school
board where parents should have a voice.
This is playing out in real life. Recently parents discovered at the
Molalla School Board meeting that a transgender is sharing the girl’s
locker room without parents and the boards knowledge. Parents have
filed a legal complaint.
Parents have reason to assuming their school board will function as
parents wish and in the best interest of their children.
states “the legal status of school districts as corporate bodies, and the
district school board is authorized to transact all business coming within
the jurisdiction of the district and to sue and be sued. Pursuant to law,
district school boards have control of the district schools and are
responsible for educating children residing in the district.” This statute
was not changed by SB 1521 that may add conflict between school
boards and school superintendents.
The Oregon State Board of Education mission is to provide leadership
and vision for Oregon’s public schools and districts by enacting
equitable policies and promoting educational practices that lead
directly to the educational and life success of every student.
sets educational policies and standards for Oregon's 197 public school
districts, and 20 educational service districts. All of these agencies have
separate governing bodies responsible for transacting business within
their jurisdiction. This relegation to limit local school boards to
“business” with a top-down approach on curriculum is creating the
conflict between superintendents, school boards, and parents.
A D V E R T I S E M E N T
A D V E R T I S E M E N T
The State Board is made up of seven members appointed by the
Governor and approved by the Senate. Currently the 5th Congressional
District position is taking applications. Those interested should contact the State Board
Administrator for further information.
The State Board of Education is in the process of forming an advisory
panel that will work to revise the Health Education and Sexuality
Education Standards and Performance Indicators.
Parents have an
opportunity to give their voice on the 2022-2023 Health Education
Advisory Panel for approval by the State Board of Education.
embership on this panel will require participation in approximately
four to six meetings and conventions over the 2022-2023 school year.
Ideally, ODE would like to have panel members that are health
educators or curriculum directors who are familiar with and use the
standards regularly, or content specialists from the public health field
and community-based health programs.
However, others are welcome
to apply, especially if they are familiar with the standards and the
educational process. Application deadline has been extended to May 9.
It is advisable for every parent to subscribe to the State Board of
SB 1521 allows the school superintendent to follow
the State Board of Education policy suggestions without approval from
the local school board. That will require a more diligent look at what
the State Board of Education is advising superintendents.
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