Tempe (Ariz.) sex-education meeting stirs up outrage

Lauren Williams's picture
Thursday, January 9, 2014

More than 100 people crowded into a standing-room-only meeting at the Tempe Union High School District office on Tuesday evening to hear a sex-education expert employed by Planned Parenthood discuss curricula being reviewed by a district committee.

Vicki Hadd-Wissler, a Planned Parenthood sexuality-education specialist, outlined three sets of prospective curricula for the district’s Sex Education Curriculum Committee, which

Although none of the curricula under consideration was developed by Planned Parenthood, the expert’s connection to the reproductive-health organization riled many parents and community members who filled the room.

Even before the meeting, outrage over perceived influence of Planned Parenthood in the district prompted Superintendent Kenneth Baca to issue a letter to parents, hoping to dispel what he characterized as misinformation.

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