Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du lac)
Sen. Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville)
This week a Wisconsin Assembly Committee held a public hearing on two bills, AB 300 & AB 304, that would ensure school districts provide timely and complete notification to parents about any and all federal, state or local mandated tests, except those required for high-school graduation and would also make it clear that parents in public schools have a right to opt their children out of any federal or state mandated test, except for a test, like the Civics test, that is required for graduation. State Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du lac) and State Senator Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville) have authored the bills.
WFA president Julaine Appling states, “Laws that protect the right of parents to know what is happening in the schools and that safeguard the right of parents to opt their children out of standardized tests are appropriate. We all want local control. But when school boards make it difficult for parents to know and act in the best interest of their children, it’s time for a higher level of government to step in on behalf of parents.”
“Another offering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, this one on masculinity, is drawing fire from conservatives as an example of ideological excesses at the school.
The target is the Men’s Project, a six-week voluntary discussion program that “aims to explore masculinity and the problems accompanied by simplified definitions of it,” according to a UW Health Service news release.”
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WFA president Julaine Appling says, “This situation reminds us there are many eager to tell your son what masculinity is. How much better coming from a loving father who purposefully in both word and example instructs his son on what it means to be a man. And Dads have the best instruction manual available–the Word of God. Be assured, our Creator isn’t silent or confused about masculinity.”
Parents, grandparents, taxpayers, and community members of Appleton Area and Neenah Joint School Districts need to pay close attention to this information.
These two school districts in Wisconsin have advisory committees in place that are currently in the midst of determining the “sex ed” curriculum for those districts’ Human Growth and Development (HG&D) program.
On one hand, both of these district committees have the option of recommending the HG&D curriculum be terminated and the resources directed elsewhere. On the other hand, the committees may consider offering the curriculum on an Opt-In basis versus the current Opt-Out basis. Meaning, parents would need to purposefully choose to let their children be part of the HG&D classes, whereas currently, parents must purposefully choose to keep their children out of those classes.
In Neenah, in order for either of these recommendations to reach the school board for consideration and a vote, they must receive 75% approval from the committee.
It is important to again emphasize that Wisconsin state law does not require school districts to offer such courses at all.
Under existing law, local committees which are required by law and must include often a mix of parents, educators, clergy and others from the community, act in an advisory capacity to school boards as they make decisions about HG&D curriculum for their schools.
Wise parents will take time right now to find out exactly what the school their children attends is doing regarding human growth and development programs—and any planned changes. State law requires schools make that information available to parents. Don’t assume; be vigilant.
IMPORTANT: It is critical that parents and citizens attend the next HG&D committee meetings in Appleton and Neenah.
Following is a list of dates and times for both Neenah and Appleton School Districts as well as links to contact school board members.
Focus on the Family offers helpful talking points that may assist you as you address school board and committee members. Click HERE for these resources.
Monday, November 28, 2016
Neenah Joint School District Administration Building
410 S. Commercial Street
Neenah, WI 54956
Click HERE for more information on this meeting as details become available.
CLICK HERE for Neenah school board member contact information.
Thursday, December 1, 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. – Morgan Building
Thursday, January 12, 2017, 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. – Morgan Building
Thursday, April 6, 2017, 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. – Morgan Building
CLICK HERE for Appleton school board member contact information.
This past Monday, the Wausau school board decided to let administratively proposed guidelines for dealing with transgender students continue to be implemented. Among other provisions, the guidelines permit boys who identify as girls to use the girls’ restrooms, locker rooms and shower rooms and even on school-sponsored trips stay overnight in the girls’ rooms and vice versa, and call on staff to use the pronouns the students request and warn school officials not to inform parents their child is transgendering unless the student agrees to letting them make that contact.
WFA president Julaine Appling says, “The Wausau school board made a huge mistake here. They are pandering to a vocal minority. Many concerned citizens have contacted board members and showed up at 4 different meetings letting them know these special protections compromise the privacy rights and well-being of the vast majority of the students. The board has chosen to ignore the citizens and the safety and protection of the students.”