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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sent a letter to the Austin Independent School District on Tuesday stating that its “Pride Week” curriculum is in violation of state law for having “human sexuality instruction” in school.
“The Texas Legislature has made it clear that when it comes to sex education, parents – not school districts – are in charge,” Paxton wrote in a letter to Austin ISD Superintendent Stephanie S. Elizalde. He explained that the state’s Education Code requires that “before a student may be provided with human sexuality instruction, a school district must obtain the written consent of the student’s parent.”
“By hosting ‘Pride Week,’ your district has, at best, undertaken a week-long instructional effort in human sexuality without parental consent. Or, worse, your district is cynically pushing a week-long indoctrination of your students that not only fails to obtain parental consent, but subtly cuts parents out of the loop. Either way, you are breaking state law,” Paxton said.
Paxton encouraged parents to file grievances with the Texas Education Agency, which is permissible under the state’s education code.
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