A law firm that defends religious freedoms and parental rights came to the aid of parents who were able to convince a California school board not to adopt a controversial sex-ed curriculum.
When board members of the Cupertino Union School District attempted to adopt the "California Healthy Youth Act" curriculum, parents packed the meeting to let elected officials know the lessons were way too explicit for the intended audience (grades 7-12).
Brad Dacus of the Pacific Justice Institute explains the lesson material went "very outside the boundaries of traditional discussion of basic procreation, and instead ... went into subjects that are extremely controversial and very questionable as to their benefit."
According to PJI, the materials included graphic descriptions of different forms of sex-related activities as well as material on homosexuality. One parent, says PJI, even accused the district of presenting pornography in a school setting.
In addition, says Dacus, parents weren't given enough time or opportunity to review the materials ahead of time. The district had made the curriculum available for review only during regular working hours over a three-week period.
"If they had gone ahead with this, they would have been in violation of the law itself with regards to implementing this kind of material in violation of the rights of parents," he explains further.
The board put the curriculum on hold after it ended in a tie vote. Dacus says that was "the right call" – but adds he will be watching closely to make sure they don't try to install the same thing later after the furor has died down.