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SB818, Mandatory K-12 Comprehensive Sexuality Education
May 28, Illinois legislators passed SB 818 over the objections of numerous parents, educators, and representatives. One additional “no” vote would have stopped the bill.
More information on the deeply troubling nature of Comprehensive Sexuality Education, and the documentary, WAR on CHILDREN available HERE.
SB818 is the most recent in a string of recent legislative efforts driving an agenda in public education, and removing parents and school boards from the decision-making process.
School boards are the intended leaders of public education. Elected by parents in the community, their role is to direct the education process at a local level. As it is designed, this system gives parents a voice, as elected school board members who will lead in a direction their community supports. By circumventing school boards with sweeping mandates, Illinois legislators have claimed authority that should not be theirs. Parents, the boundary lines around your right to parent your children are under attack!
"Don’t co-parent with government.” Adam Niemerg, Illinois State Representative
Many parents who have watched this process unfold are feeling helpless. We want you to know-your voice still matters. SB818 includes an “opt-out” clause.
“No student shall be required to take or participate in any class or course in comprehensive personal health and safety and comprehensive sexual health education. A student's parent or guardian may opt the student out of comprehensive personal health and safety and comprehensive sexual health education by submitting the request in writing. Refusal to take or participate in such a course or program may not be a reason for disciplinary action, academic penalty, suspension, or expulsion or any other sanction of a student.”
Opting out accomplishes three things. First, and most importantly, Opt-out protects your child from the damaging content of these controversial materials. If you haven’t yet done some research on what parents in states that have adopted CSE are seeing, I encourage you to do so. You can find a list of articles HERE.
Secondly, opt-out sends a loud and clear message that we, the parents, will not surrender our rights to determine how and when our children will learn about such sensitive topics. With recent mandates, Illinois legislators have made it clear that they do not respect parental authority. An opt-out is a parent’s opportunity to say “No. You may not teach this to my child.”
Opt-outs create logistic challenges for public schools. Students who are opted-out must be removed from the classroom during instruction. Where do those students go? Who supervises them? What are they given to do during that time? The higher the number of students who opt-out, the larger the problem becomes. It seems strange, this idea of intentionally making the work of public school staff more difficult. Truthfully, teachers are the ones who will feel the impact of this more than anyone else, and that is unfortunate. But legislators are not listening to the voices of parents. Perhaps they will listen to the voices of teachers or school administrators when the implementation of these standards becomes problematic.
An opt-out form with instructions is available on this page. Click on the big check mark. It includes Comprehensive Sexuality Education, mental health screenings/education, school-administered immunizations, STD/STI education, and Critical Race Theory programming.
We highly encourage every parent who chooses public school to submit an Opt-Out form with registration. Your child needs you to stand up for them. You, the parent, are the only person who should determine how and when your child learns about these sensitive topics. Opt-out, NOW!
Illinois Law HB 3550
Sex Education: Teaching Consent in Public School from 6th -12th Grade
In August of 2019, Governor Pritzker signed HB3550 into law which requires Illinois public schools to teach a comprehensive definition of “consent” when teaching sex education in grades 6 – 12 . The law went into effect
January 1, 2020.
This new law amends Illinois’ sex education curriculum for middle school and high school students by including what educators call “age-appropriate discussion on consent” including:
• Consent to one sexual activity does not cover other sex acts.
• A person’s manner of dress does not constitute sexual consent.
• Past consent does not provide for future consent.
• Consent can be withdrawn at any time with a reminder that “no means no” anytime and all the time.
Parents in Illinois have concerns with this new law teaching sexual consent to our children beginning when they are 11 to 12 years old. We urge parents to request and review all materials (reading, video, speakers, etc.). If able, Opt Out of any Sex Education/Health courses and teach at home.
Here is an example of a video from Planned Parenthood, which many schools go to when looking for educational materials for Sex Education classes.
Disclaimer: Video/images may be disturbing. We ask that you do not watch this video with children present:
Consent Document (Planned Parenthood)
PRIE Article: https://www.parentsrightsined.com/uploads/1/1/8/8/118879585/prie_cse_teaching_consent_is_wrong_012020.pdf
Illinois Law HB 246
LGBTQ History Taught in Public School from Kindergarten - 12th Grade
On August 9, 2020, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signed LGBTQ History Affirming HB246, usurping parental authority and religious liberty. This law requires that Illinois public schools incorporate “the roles and contributions of “lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history of this country and this State.” The law became effective July 1, 2020.
Most Illinois parents know children lack the ability to comprehend the consequences of sexual behavior. Children as young as 5 should not be confronted with adult sexual preferences in their history classes. This abusive behavior is a direct assault on the innocence of children. Parents, not left wing political activists in state government, should decide if and when their children are exposed to adult sexual preferences.
This legislation provides that the Illinois State Board of Education will “provide annual funding to public school districts and State-recognized, non-public schools serving students in grades kindergarten through 12 for the purchase of selected textbooks.” The textbooks are “limited without exception to textbooks that have been preapproved and designated by the Illinois State Board of Education for use in any public school and that are secular, non-religious, and non-sectarian.”
The LGBTQ agenda goes much further than parental authority; it goes against the very worldview held by many people of faith. Sexual behavior outside the context of marriage between a man and a woman is deemed a sin in many religious traditions and at least a moral failing among many of those of no faith tradition. But left wing political activists in the Illinois state government think they know better than thousands of years of religious traditions and deeply held moral beliefs.
Illinois State Senator Heather Steans (D-7th Lake Forest) remarked:
Steans statements illustrate how she does not accept the religious and moral beliefs of millions of Illinoisans. But instead thinks it is her job to change the beliefs of those with which she disagrees, starting with their children.
“One of the best ways to overcome intolerance is through education and exposure to different people and viewpoints. An inclusive curriculum will not only teach an accurate version of history but also promote acceptance of the LGBTQ community.” Steans has also said ”It is my hope that teaching students about the valuable contributions LGBTQ individuals have made throughout history will create a safer environment with fewer incidents of harassment. LGBTQ children and teenagers will also be able to gain new role models who share life experiences with them.”
Left wing activist law makers like Steans have sped up the sexualization of children in order to achieve a political agenda. This is dangerous. More and more children will needlessly be led into the LGBTQ lifestyle which has higher rates of depression and suicide.
Click Here for full text of House Bill 246
Illinois Law HB 4954
Proposed Law Abolishing Illinois Public School History Classes
Illinois State Rep. LaShawn Ford (D-Chicago) has called for abolishing all Illinois public school history classes until new curriculum can be developed.
According to his press release, Ford says the focus should be more on civics in the interim:
“When it comes to teaching history in Illinois, we need to end the miseducation of Illinoisans. I’m calling on the Illinois State Board of Education and local school districts to take immediate action by removing current history books and curriculum practices that unfairly communicate our history. Until a suitable alternative is developed, we should instead devote greater attention toward civics and ensuring students understand our democratic processes and how they can be involved. I’m also alarmed that people continue to display symbols of hate, such as the recent display of the Confederate flag in Evanston.”
Ford also remarked at his news conference that “current history teachings lead to a racist society and overlook the contributions of women and minorities” and that the teaching of the history of the United States shall include the study of the American civil rights renaissance, that period of time from 1954 to 1965 called the “Movement.”
Ford’s remarks begin at 2:22. HB 4954 would amend the school code and add several commemorative holidays:
Click Here to view HB4954.
Critical Race Theory exacerbates race issues in K-12 schools!
Critical Race Theory, (CRT) teaches racial disparities are caused by "institutional racism" perpetrated by whites who are the “oppressors" and minorities are the “oppressed." CRT has infiltrated public schools under the guise of professional development and influences the policies, programs and practices affecting all students.
Based on CRT, Pacific Education Group, (PEG), teaches student racial disparities are the direct result of institutionalized racism perpetrated by white administrators, teachers and staff.
Illinois Parents’ Rights in Education obtained the electronic handouts from the PEG Beyond Diversity 2-day workshop via a Freedom of Information Act request from Illinois’ Glenbard Township High School District #87. Our analysis of the handouts reveal the curriculum will cause division and racial unrest, pitting whites against minorities, and exacerbating the problems they purport to solve.
Is your district paying for this type of “training?” Request contracts, invoices, handouts, etc. for any organizations that claim to address “racial disparities” by transforming “beliefs, behaviors and results” through “training, coaching and consulting.” This language comes directly from PEG’s website.
The Trump administration terminated CRT “training” from all federal agencies as of September 2020 because CRT is anti-American racist propaganda.
To report CRT in your school district, email the Department of Education at firstname.lastname@example.org, and/or the Office of Management and Budget at FEDalerts@omb.eop.gov.
Click Here Beyond Diversity 2 Day Workshop handouts.
Click Here Trump administration memo terminating CRT Training.