The Washington Post

Sex Education in Dispute

- — Daniel de Vise

Three citizens groups opposed to new sex education lessons in Montgomery schools petitioned the Maryland State Board of Education yesterday to reverse the county school board’s plan to move forward with the lessons in the fall.

The Montgomery County school board voted June 12 to offer lessons on sexual orientatio­n and condom use in eighth- and 10th-grade health classes. The opposition groups say in their petition that the county board’s vote was improper because the lessons are the subject of a legal appeal.

The groups — Citizens for a Responsibl­e Curriculum, Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays, and Family Leader Network — have an appeal pending before the state school board on the legality of the curriculum, filed in March after the lessons were approved for field tests. State officials have pledged to decide the issue during the summer.

Montgomery school officials say the vote was timed to give teachers and schools time to prepare the lessons.

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