TUCSON, Ariz. — The largest school district in Tucson has introduced a new curriculum that would include sex education, an issue that has raised much debate in the past year.
The Tucson Unified School District governing board unanimously approved Tuesday the Family Life Curriculum during a video conference meeting, the Arizona Daily Star reported.
Many who opposed the curriculum argued against teaching the meaning of consent and gender identity as being on a spectrum, acknowledging transgender students. Others said sex education should not been taught in school at all.
“The notion of consent isn’t something that I’m comfortable compromising on,” Board President Kristel Foster said. “I want people to understand what that word means. When we worked with the community to really think about compromise, if the compromise was to take out consent and take out gender identity, those aren’t things that I’m willing to compromise on.”
Board members voted last September to hold the vote on the curriculum until multiple stipulations were met.