Parents don’t want faith-based sex ed program in middle schools

    West Chester Area School District parents used Monday night’s district board meeting to again express concern about the upcoming sex ed program in the district’s middle schools. Eight graders are expected to participate in Amnion’s “ReadEd4u” program that the Downingtown Area School District has already voted not to use.
    Amnion’s website promotes an abstinence-before-marriage approach to sex ed, which some WCASD parents say isn’t practical.

    “Amnion is a faith-based, fundamentalist, evangelical Christian group that has no place in our publicly funded schools,” the Daily local reports parent Dianne T. Herrin as saying at Monday’s meeting.

    Amnion, which has centers in Upper Darby and Kennett Square, promotes RealEd4u as a “perspective you won’t often hear promoted in our popular culture today,” but says the program isn’t preachy.

    Parents’ comments were made during the meeting’s public comment section, and school board officials have not yet responded to the request to discuss the issue at an upcoming meeting.

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