FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
3/9/17

The Washoe County School District’s S.H.A.R.E. Advisory committee’s compliance with the Nevada Revised Statutes was in question at Wednesday night’s committee meeting.

For over a year the Sexuality Health and Responsibility Education (S.H.A.R.E.) Advisory committee has been meeting to update Washoe County School District’s S.H.A.R.E. curriculum. At the March 8th meeting it was questioned during open comments whether or not this committee is in compliance or violation of the Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS).

The NRS pertaining to Sexuality Education is NRS 389.036. Private citizens question whether the scope of the newly proposed curriculum is compliant with the NRS, as well as whether the committee itself is in compliance.

NRS 389.036 section one states that:

 

“the board of trustees shall establish a course or unit of a course of:

(a) Factual instruction concerning acquired immune deficiency syndrome; and

(b) Instruction on the human reproductive system, related communicable diseases and sexual responsibility.”

The proposed curriculum, written by Advocates for Youth, goes far outside the NRS requirements, having lessons that some may find subjective and age inappropriate. One such lesson is from the 6th grade “How to Be a Sex-Ed Sleuth,” which teaches children in the 6th grade how to navigate the internet for their questions regarding sex. It also discourages them from using websites that are faith or religion based.

NRS 389.036 section two states that:

“ 2.  Each board of trustees shall appoint an advisory committee consisting of:

(a) Five parents of children who attend schools in the district; and

(b) Four representatives, one from each of four of the following professions or occupations:

(1) Medicine or nursing;

(2) Counseling;

(3) Religion;

(4) Pupils who attend schools in the district; or

(5) Teaching.”

According to the Washoe County School District’s (WCSD) website, where you can find the list of advisory committee members as well as which position they fill, there is not a person from the profession or occupation of religion, nor is the sitting member under the counseling seat, Sharon Ing, a licensed counseling provider.

Maggie England, a concerned mother of three, spoke in front of the committee sharing, “The NRS is written in order to protect our community from any sort of political agenda or radical material. The district has failed us, the community and our children, by not providing a committee that is in compliance with the NRS. This curriculum as well as the committee should be invalidated and thrown out until the committee can reconvene with the appropriate members.”

The meeting consisted of nearly 3 hours of public comment, and did not get through much of the agenda. The next S.H.A.R.E Advisory Committee meeting is set to take place on April 17th. The agenda, time and place is to be announced.

Community members are encouraged to look over the curriculum by going to the WCSD S.H.A.R.E. website, attend the next committee meeting, as well as contact the board member who represents their area.

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Nevada Family Alliance is a 501 C3 group who strives to educate, equip, and empower citizens to advocate for their values. Our key issues are: religious freedom, parental rights, sanctity of life, marriage and family, and education.