Lawrence Board to SBOE: Forget It

Does the decision of the State Board of Education on sex education have any significance? As a recent story (see below) pointed out, local district boards were free to make their own decisions.

Lawrence has decided to stay with its opt-out policy. As usual, the comments section on the LJW is lively.

Some people say that the SBOE is usurping the idea of local control. Perhaps. But why is local control better than state control? And if pushing the level of decision-making to a lower level is a good idea, why take it even lower–to the family level–and let parents have a greater say over everything education-related, by introducing vouchers?

Advocates of both op-in and opt-out policies acknowledge the role of parents. It’s time to give parents more tools in how they manage education.

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