Parents question why sex ed from Planned Parenthood is considered in school
GRANDVIEW Wash. -- Parents in Grandview are upset about a sex education curriculum the school district was going to be offering from Planned Parenthood.
Around 50 parents from the community came out to Grandview's school district board meeting.
The parents voiced their concerns about the new Get Real comprehensive sex education curriculum chosen from Planned Parenthood because they say they don’t want their kids learning about abortion.
“We don’t need planned parenthood in our schools," said a parent during public comments.
“It’s totally against my belief," said a parent during public comments.
“They give the students the message that abortion is okay," said a parent during public comments.
During the meeting, the school board first addressed the Get Real sex ed curriculum, even before the parents spoke.
They said they had decided to listen to the community and get rid of the Get Real curriculum by Planned Parenthood, and instead they will use the sex ed curriculum they have always used in the past.
“Like I said the Get Real Curriculum is gone, we’re not going to have it in the school system," said a school district board member.
Although most parents were happy about the new change, they still questioned whether the Get Real curriculum would be brought up in the future.
They also questioned the board on whether they had taken money from Planned Parenthood, and if that was the reason why the Get Real curriculum was considered in the first place.
Grandview Superintendent Henry Strom said they had indeed received $25,000 from Planned Parenthood which is going to help get better technology for health classes, but he says that does not mean they have to use Planned Parenthood's curriculum for sex education.
“There is not a requirement that you utilize Planned Parenthood's curriculum when you accept that money," said Strom.
Strom also said they are trying to work with the community so that everyone can feel involved and comfortable with any decision that is made in the future.
“It’s affirming that the people of Grandview care deeply about their children, and in that I want to partner with them and get a dialogue going about what’s best for our children," said Strom.