Is this accurate?

From the latest news brief:

A previous advisory committee recommended changes, including beginning to warn middle schoolers as young as sixth grade about the dangers of oral sex and other sexual activity. The latest advisory committee is recommending that oral sex be mentioned specifically in eighth grade, later than the 6th grade proposal that drew parental complaints but earlier than the current first mention in 10th grade.

I thought there WAS NO advisory committee for the last recommendation to the board. Staff, primarily Dr. Melanie Stewart, prepared the curriculum suggestion for the board’s approval. This blog and others stepped in and asked for the advisory review the policy required.

Of course, I could be wrong. Let me know if I’ve missed something.


  1. Cheri M. says:

    I think I recall that excerpt in italics and believe it was referring to the HGD advisory committee from 2003-2004, a few members of which have volunteered their time and valuable insight as to history and rationale for previous versions of HGD.

    So I would say the excerpt was true, and qualify that by saying it was true at a point in time.

    Dr. Stewart does prepare the “board packet” as she has been the chairperson of the HGD committees.

    The board did not vote to incorporate the 2003-2004 changes, so we are still using 2000 curriculum in some grade levels. Other grade levels apparently implemented HGD curriclar changes based upon the mistaken notion that the approval process was complete (although it had only been presented to the board, no vote taken). Complicating matters, an adhoc approval process has been in place.

    I do not see any villians here, but a large collection of individuals all striving to be helpful in completeing their bit of work when they perceive the ball to be in their court.

    Cindy, THANK YOU for sticking your neck out with your great investigative work on this last summer and fall. You worked publicly and others worked behind the scenes, all for a common goal.

    People have learned a few things. The buzzword of the moment is transparency. I believe you were the local champion of that word, bringing it into our daily vocabularies. As a committee member, transparancy is great IF those outside the fishbowl are keeping track of the ball in play, scorekeeping, and actively announcing as at a sporting event. Coaching from the sidelines is great. To continue with the sports analogy, people make bad plays. They drop the ball, they fumble, they pass short… or long, or go on the injured list. It happens. While these may be mentioned in the news, they must not remain in focus too long or other items are missed.

    To continue with what’s been learned, in addition to transparency, “process” is being addressed… specifically approvals. We’ve all learned. You’ve been a part of that process, by opening the door: only by acknowledging a problem can it be fixed.

    Thank you, Cindy!