Comprehensive Sex Education and LGBT Indoctrination in Austin ISD
- A sex ed sit-out is planned for May 19, 2020, in the week the sex ed curriculum will be taught. This is being organized by a new coalition, Stand Up for Children ATX, of which we are a part. Information can be found at the coalition's website and Facebook page. This will hit the district where it hurts them the most - the pocketbook, as they are not paid when students are absent! Please share this event with all friends in AISD.
- In January 2020, 3rd through 5th grade students at some schools were administered the district's "2020 Student Climate Survey" during school hours, which includes the following question/lesson: "Sex is what a person is born. Gender is how a person feels. Please select the response that best describes you: I am a girl/woman. I am a boy/man. I identify in some other way. Please describe how you identify." Parents were not notified beforehand or given the option to opt out. This survey will be given to all AISD students, 3rd through 12th grade, and the responses are attached to the student's ID number.
- On October 28, 2019, the Austin ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve the district's new, graphic, comprehensive, pro-LGBT sexual education program despite the pleas of the majority of parents and community members in attendance at the meeting. Texas Values, which held a press conference before the meeting with the tagline Stand Up for Children, posted a summary of the vote here. A video of the meeting can be found here. The vote has garnered national attention (see below).
- An overview of the curriculum has been posted on the Austin ISD website and can be found here. Please see our Facebook page for screen-shots of some of the most objectionable material.
- The complete curriculum documents approved by the Board are posted below:
News articles about AISD Sex Ed Vote
Changes to Sexual Education in 2019/20
- Since Summer 2019, AISD has been in the process of writing and implementing a new, radical sex ed program that will start in Grade 3 for the upcoming year. The curriculum is not evidence based and is being written by District staff. The curriculum was approved unanimously by the AISD Board of Trustees and is planned to start in spring 2020.
- AISD was originally planning to use Planned Parenthood's Get Real CSE curriculum for middle school, but with the passage of SB22, which bars public agencies from procuring services and materials from abortion providers, the district has changed course and will wrote its own curriculum, which is actually more graphic in nature than the Planned Parenthood version. And in fact, much of it was taken from a Canadian abortion provider. Does this violate SB22?
Other Programs in Austin ISD
- Welcoming Schools anti-bullying program currently in 24 elementary schools. See here for the teacher training modules, which provide sample curricula for the teachers to use in the classroom. This program trains teachers to introduce homosexuality and gender variance to children as young as 4.
- No Place for Hate is another anti-bullying program present in all elementary schools. It was written by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), a pro-LGBT organization. Students are taught to oppose all forms of "bigotry," which is a code word for Christian morality regarding sexuality.
- Planned Parenthood Sex Education
- In May 2016, a handout was distributed by Planned Parenthood during health class in Covington Middle School, sending children to the following link about how to give consent to sex (YouTube): Planned Parenthood "Consent 101". The videos feature a straight, lesbian, and gay male couple who are about to have sex and need to decide what to do. According to the videos, the only factors important in this decisions are: 1. Do I feel comfortable having sex? and 2. Do I have protection? And the kicker is: Planned Parenthood itself states that these videos are geared toward older teens (we disagree that they would be appropriate for any age children) but they were given to 12-year-olds.
- Library materials - libraries offer sexually explicit books and many LGBT-themed books. Teachers were instructed during Welcoming Schools training to read some of these books during class time.
- Pride Week - AISD dedicates an entire week of school to celebrating LGBT lifestyles. Activities include cross-dressing throughout the week. According to the district website, "At campuses throughout the district, teachers can use LGBTQ-focused lessons and activities that engage, educate and inspire." This year's Pride Week will be the week of October 16. For a sample letter to have your child excused from Pride Week activities/lessons, see our Parent Action Guide page.
- Bathrooms - AISD policy FFH Local was updated in 2015 to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation. Harassment against any and all persons should be prohibited. The problem with this policy is that it justifies allowing people with male genitalia into the girls' bathroom because not doing so could be seen as a form of discrimination. There are reports that some schools are already allowing students who are male-to-female transgender into the girls' bathrooms. Parents must find out the individual campus policy on this issue if they want to ensure their daughters are safe in bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers.