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Mixing government and religion in Tempe Schools???

Dec 3, 2014

Arizona Republic

I suspect these silly rules only let the teachers at our government schools tell the kiddies the Christian version about sex eduction.

Will Tempe board finally approve sex ed curriculum?

Cathryn Creno , The Republic | 9:23 p.m. MST December 2, 2014

The Tempe Union governing board is expected to vote on a proposed sex ed program on Wednesday.

Since January, Tempe Union High School District parents, officials, community residents — and even some people from outside Tempe — have passionately debated a proposed sex-education curriculum for 10th- graders.

The goal is a districtwide program that is sophisticated and informative enough for today's teens without violating the norms of conservative parents or breaking state law.

Arizona law requires sex-ed programs to teach a preference for adoption, as well as to inform students about date-rape drugs, domestic abuse, sexually transmitted diseases and other dangers.

On Wednesday, the board is set to review and possibly vote on a revised curriculum that officials hope will satisfy all sides.

Last spring, the governing board directed district staffers to develop their own program and agreed to offer students a medically based abstinence- education program, "Choosing the Best," as an alternative.

Parents also could keep their teens out of both programs.

Discussion of the district program broke down in August, when the issue arose of whether a pregnancy starts with an egg's fertilization or its implantation in the uterus.

The curriculum was sent back to district staff for clarification.

Today, the board will discuss and possibly vote on a new document that includes the issue of when pregnancy begins.

Here is a sample of the additions made to the curriculum since August:

"It should also be noted that there are various beliefs as to when pregnancy begins. Some believe it begins upon the fertilization of the egg while others believe it occurs upon implantation of a fertilized egg. It is important to note that, depending on one's belief as to when pregnancy begins, certain contraception can be seen as either terminating pregnancy in some circumstances or preventing pregnancy."

"For those who believe pregnancy begins at fertilization: Certain IUDs will terminate a pregnancy if they prevent a fertilized egg from attaching (implanting) to the uterus."

"For those who believe pregnancy begins at implantation: IUDs will prevent a pregnancy by keeping a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterus."

"For those who believe pregnancy begins at fertilization, Plan B will terminate a pregnancy if the egg has been fertilized."

"For those who believe pregnancy begins at implantation, Plan B will prevent a pregnancy from occurring."

An IUD, or intrauterine device, is small, T-shaped device that is inserted into the uterus.

Plan B, also known as the morning- after pill, is a pill that contains hormones.

Observers expect today's meeting to be well-attended.

More than 100 people have voiced their views at previous governing-board meetings on the issue.

View the proposed curriculum

The Tempe Union High School District's proposed sex education curriculum can be viewed online.

Paper copies of the curriculum may be viewed in the district office, 500 W. Guadalupe Road in Tempe, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Nov. 3.

The district governing board is expected to vote on the curriculum at a meeting that begins at 6 p.m. on Dec. 3 in the board room inside the district office.