New AISD sex-ed curriculum passes in late night vote

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October 29, 2019 - 8:37 am

AUSTIN ( -- After a school board meeting that ran into early Tuesday morning, Austin ISD students in third through eighth grade will have a new sexual education curriculum.

Supporters and opponents of the changes held dueling rallies outside of AISD headquarters Monday night before the meeting started. Once the meeting began, more than 120 people signed up to speak during the public comment portion - each getting one minute to try and sway the board.

The new curriculum, which was approved by a unanimous vote, calls for the district to teach students about gender identity, sexual orientation, and sexually transmitted diseases. Students in seventh grade will be taught how to use a condom. The current curriculum was put together nearly a decade ago, officials said.

District officials say parents will have the option to opt-out their students from the lessons.

The district expects to begin teaching the new curriculum as early as May of next year.

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