DeKalb school officials address controversial sexuality and gender quiz

DeKalb school officials address controversial sexuality and gender quiz

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DeKalb County Schools addressed a sexual preference and gender identity quiz given in a health class.
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  • The quiz was given in a health class last week. 
  • DeKalb County Schools said the class is part of its curriculum. 
  • Parents can opt-out of the class. 

A controversial sexual preference and gender identity quiz given in a Lithonia Middle School health class last week is part of the DeKalb County Schools curriculum and was administered correctly, officials said. 

The assignment was part of its family life and sexual health (FLASH) curriculum adopted in 2014, DeKalb schools spokeswoman Eileen Houston-Stewart said in an emailed statement to The Atlanta Journal- Constitution.

The curriculum is designed to align with the Georgia Department of Education’s health education performance standards. 

Houston-Stewart said one parent made a complaint to the school and the teacher of the health class.   

“Parents are fully informed of the use of this curriculum, and are given due notice to opt-out of this instruction,” she said. “(The DeKalb County school district) respects the diverse beliefs of its families, and will not include students in this instruction if notified clearly by the family.” 

Houston-Stewart said the class is part of ensuring the school system is committed to the district’s board policies and helping students make informed decisions. 

“Teaching about sexual orientation not only provides a necessary protection for students of different groups, but it can also (allow) better understanding, respect and nondiscrimination among all students,” Houston-Stewart said.

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