Texas School District Limits Discussions of Race and Gender, Use of Pronouns and Certain Books – Ballotpedia News

On August 22, 2022, the Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District in Texas approved a policy by a 4-3 vote that would limit classroom discussions about race and gender, use of pronouns, and certain library materials.

The approved policy:

  • Allows educators to use pronouns that match a student’s biological sex rather than their gender identity
  • Prohibits transgender students from using restrooms that match their gender identity
  • Prevents teachers from including political advocacy in their curriculum and awarding students academic credit for political activism
  • Bans K-5 students from participating in class discussions about sexual orientation, gender identity and race
  • Allows school board members and parents to object to library materials
  • Authorizes the school board not to have to reconsider banned books for at least a decade

In support of the policy, Council Member Casey Ford said: “These policies are the product of input from multiple groups – the Council Policy Committee, the District Attorneys, the Council Solicitors, a administrators and directors and, above all, members of the community. .”

School district parent Mike Sexton disagreed with some board members. Sexton said: “You can talk about Santa Claus, but you can’t talk about gay people to fifth graders. It’s amazing – you act like people don’t exist. There are thousands of people in this neighborhood who are LGBTQ, who live here, who are taxpayers,” according to the Texas Grandstand.

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