New curriculum, old debate
AISD board meeting turned battleground between defendants and opponents of new sex education curriculum
September 4, 2019
A woman follows an anti-LGBT public comment at last Monday’s district board meeting with chants of “Trans Lives Matter,” before being walked outside by police. The cause of her outrage: a heated debate between defenders of AISD’s new sexual-education curriculum and those that oppose it.
Public commenters like Caryl Ayala, who co-founded Concerned Parents of Texas after AISD “decided to bring in Welcoming Schools, an LGBT program that normalizes homosexuality and transgenderism,” urged parents listening to fight against the curriculum that they feel promotes underage sex by opting their children out of sex-ed classes and lessons. Those on her side, many self-identifying as concerned citizens from outside the Austin area, were angered by a curriculum they described as “porn,” “indoctrinization,” and as taking “steps closer to pedophilia.”
“This district teaches kids to say no to drugs, alcohol, smoking, [and] vaping,” Ayala said to the board of trustees. “Why not sexual activity?