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Why is the Oregon Health Authority Sanctioning Adolescent Mutual Masturbation?

Why is the Oregon Health Authority Sanctioning Adolescent Mutual Masturbation?
*CAUTION: Sexually Explicit Content. The Oregon Teen Pregnancy Task Force (OTPTF) annually publishes and the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division funds The Rational Enquirer, a "youth-focused magazine on sexual health covering a wide variety of topics meant to inform and connect people in conversation”. The Rational Enquirer has been encouraged to be used in middle and high school classrooms. The Rational Enquirer has also been made available to youth in a number of Oregon School-Based Health Centers. See EXAMPLES of topics within The Rational Enquirer (2016):http://mailchi.mp/6856ebd75286/oregon-health-authority-sanctionsadolescent-mutual-masturbation-1264181

A MUST SEE: Oregon's 2nd Revision of Proposed K-12 Health/Sex Ed Standards

A MUST SEE: Oregon's 2nd Revision of Proposed  K-12 Health/Sex Ed Standards
The Oregon Department of Education has recently shared it's proposed 2nd draft version of K-12 comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) standards. These proposed K-12 Oregon health/sex ed standards are indicative of what the Oregon Department of Education is expecting teachers and administrators to discuss and expose to children in the classroom; concepts that parents and guardians have NOT given school district's permission to do so. Take a look at SOME EXAMPLES of the draft 2nd revision of K-12 sex education "standards". http://parentsrightsined.net/perch/resources/examples-of-nov-2016-draft-health-education-standards-and-performance-indicators-2nd-review-ii.pdf. It is important for school district leaders and residents of the community to find out what EXACT CURRICULUM will be used, what SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS/COMMUNITY RESOURCES will be recommended, and what TRAINING will be promoted to both teachers and students? Is the K-12 CSE program, plan of instruction and materials developmentally appropriate, medically and scientifically accurate, and promoting sexual risk avoidance? Is there strong bias and ideology embedded in it? If so, how fair is this? REMEMBER, in Oregon, your child's school board has the final vote on what K-12 comprehensive sexuality education curriculum, training and resources will (and will not) be used on school property (ORS 332.072).

Federal Order Puts Title IX “Guidance” on Hold - Another Triumph for Student Bodily Privacy Rights

Federal Order Puts Title IX “Guidance” on Hold - Another Triumph for Student Bodily Privacy Rights
On August 22, 2016, United States District Judge, Reed O'Connor, issued a nationwide preliminary injunction which blocked the Obama administration's Title IX "Guidelines". This Federal case (U.S District Court, Northern District of Texas, Wichita Falls Division Preliminary Injunction Order: State of Texas v. United States of America et al) included twelve other states and two school districts suing the U.S. DOE, DOJ, EEOC and DOL. Additional states have since joined, making a total of 23 states involved in this case. This Order allows school districts around the country the ability to maintain: “[T]he status quo as of the date of issuance of this Order and this preliminary injunction will remain in effect until the Court rules on the merits of this claim, or until further direction from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals”. This affords Oregon school district leaders the ability to maintain their current policy of providing reasonable accommodations for transgender students while at the same time upholding the bodily privacy rights of all their students. It remains to be seen what effect ORS 659A.850 may have when federal law is contrary to Oregon law. In the meantime (and until there is solid legal clarity), Oregon local school districts can maintain the status quo and refrain from allowing students to use a bathroom or showering facility opposite their biological sex. This, despite, “comprehensive guidance documents” school districts around the state have received from the Oregon Department of Education, the Oregon School Boards Association and Property and Casualty Coverage for Educators (PACE).

Students Speak Out - "What about OUR rights?"

Students Speak Out -
Students Speak Out - 'What about OUR rights?" Here is some information and excellent examples from a local community standing up for the bodily privacy rights of ALL students: prparents.org/

Oregon School Districts Told Transgender Students’ Rights Trump Rights of Majority

Oregon School Districts Told  Transgender Students’ Rights Trump Rights of Majority
A statewide conference for Oregon’s K-12 public schools entitled ‘Safe and Secure Schools’ was held April 21, 2016 in Eugene Oregon. Property and Casualty Coverage for Education (PACE), the largest provider of liability insurance to Oregon school districts. This conference provided a workshop titled ‘Responding to issues surrounding transgender students’ and was described as helping members learn how to ‘navigate transgender issues in schools’ as it relates to Title IX. Jollee Patterson, General Counsel, Portland Public Schools, the workshop speaker said that “The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is saying that transgender, gender fluid, nonconforming are protected under Title IX…[and that] we as educators now have a clear obligation to keep transgender students safe from bullying and harassment based on their gender identity” [ie: allow transgender students to use whichever bathroom and shower facilities that they most identify with - not based on their biological sex]. An audience member asked Patterson, “What about all the other students civil rights, feelings and privacy”? In response, Patterson stated that the “OCR has said that the rights of the transgender students trump the rights of the other students”. At the close of her presentation Patterson highly encouraged school districts to utilize TransActive Gender Center, a resource which provides chest binders and voice coaching to minors, condones minors using puberty blockers/feminizing and masculinizing hormones and supports the idea of 15-year-old minors getting sex changes. This PACE workshop did not reference the statutory obligations of Oregon school boards to assure that ALL of their students are safe, protected and supported in their school environment. Oregon law (ORS 339.353) addresses issues of harassment, intimidation or bullying and the necessity for school districts to provide a safe and civil environment in order for students to learn.

Planned Parenthood is: “Thrilled to announce that we now offer appointments for transgender hormone provision"

Planned Parenthood is: “Thrilled to announce that we now offer appointments for transgender hormone provision
Planned Parenthood Columbia-Willamette is now in the business of dispensing transgender hormones. This is critically important for SCHOOL BOARDS, SUPERINTENDENTS, LEGISLATORS, PARENTS & GUARDIANS (whether pro-life or pro-choice) to know about because... a) Oregon’s recent decision to allow tax-funded sex changes for 15 year olds (without parental knowledge or consent). b) Oregon Certified School-Based Health Centers follow “Minor’s Rights” laws (confidentiality) and many refer students to Planned Parenthood. c) 2015 legislation passed which would make parents (insurance policy holders) pay for health services for their minor children, yet not be able to know what services received. d) The promotion of “gender-fluidity”, “pronouns of choice” and special rights for transgender students in schools (ie: bathroom/locker room; bodily privacy issues). e) Feminizing and masculinizing medications (transgender hormone therapy/puberty blockers) can seriously harm a minor's brain, bone and reproductive development. This has potential to be a huge parental rights issue, a health/safety issue for minors & is a perplexing service (“transgender hormone provision”) for Planned Parenthood to be involved in.

Elementary School Exposes Kids to Depictions of Graphic Sex Acts - School Board and Parents Blindsided

Elementary School Exposes Kids to Depictions of Graphic Sex Acts - School Board and Parents Blindsided
On April 14, 2016, Portland, Oregon’s KPTV Channel 12 broke a story that 9 year-old students at a Rainier, Oregon elementary school were given access to “It’s Perfectly Normal”, a book using graphics to instruct students in sexual intercourse and masturbation. The Rainier School District (RSD) claims that...the eleven-year-old's “accidentally left the books out” where a 4th grade class found and read them. Parents and guardians want to know what district policy allows this book to be used and sanctions school personnel to direct students to a book which depicts individuals masturbating or engaging in sexual intercourse? This book is contentious (around the nation) because of issues of nudity, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group and allegations that it’s child pornography, yet the school district approved the purchase and use of “It’s Perfectly Normal” books.The District Superintendent stated that “It’s Perfectly Normal” is on the Oregon Department of Education’s (ODE) state approved list. It should be noted that the controversial Adolescent Sexuality Conference was also approved by the ODE and touted as “in compliance with state standards”. This conference indisputably exposed minors as young as eleven to pornography and other unsafe content. Is showing cartoon depictions of children masturbating and adults engaging in sexual intercourse any more "suitable" for 9 or 11 elementary students...than if they were shown actual photos of these behaviors? School district's must be held to account and justify such a decision. Parents and guardians can contact their board members and let them know that a book such as "It's Perfectly Normal" is not perfectly okay as part of their children’s school education.

Oregon School-Based Health Centers: Unprecedented Access to Your Child's Mind and Body

Oregon School-Based Health Centers: Unprecedented Access to Your Child's Mind and Body
Everything you need to know about Oregon School-Based Health Centers (SBHC): School district officials are under the illusion that they can design their own SBHC to “fit the values of their community”. This is misleading and untrue. In order to receive funding, SBHCs must follow Oregon Health Authority's Oregon SBHCs Standards for Certification. School districts lose local control over what is happening to students while on the school premises or off campus with the mandated referrals. SBHCs are businesses operating within a school district with no accountability to the school board, administration, parents or the community. In Oregon, no age restrictions exist for students to get confidential birth control, morning after pills, condoms and abortion referral services and all other “reproductive health” services. Once your child turns 15 they can get any and all forms of mental, medical or counseling services - all without parent’s permission (*See Minor Rights: Access and Consent to Health Care). Watch this powerful Brooklyn New York news story which shows us all why we should be concerned/ask questions about SBHCs: Parents question sexually invasive physical exams in schools.

Who is ultimately in charge of my school district?

Who is ultimately in charge of my school district?
LEGAL STATUS OF OREGON SCHOOL DISTRICTS (ORS 322.072): "All [Oregon] school districts are bodies corporate, and the district school board is authorized to transact all business coming within the jurisdiction of the district and to sue and be sued. Pursuant to law, district school boards have control of the district schools and are responsible for educating children residing in the district." [1965 c.100 §139]; http://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/332.072. Oregon School boards, district superintendents and administrators do NOT work for the Oregon (or National) Department of Education, the Oregon Health Authority, the Office of Civil Rights, the State or Federal Government, or any out-of-district entity. Ultimately (according to ORS 322.072) they work for YOU, the parent or guardian. Many Oregon school administrators, superintendents and school boards WANT to support (not usurp) the parent-child relationship of the residents of their communities AND sincerely believe that parents’ rights matter. Unfortunately many are finding themselves facing unwarranted coercion, intimidation and “bullying” from intrusive state and federal officials and other out-of-district entities. It is IMPERATIVE that we stand with district leaders who refuse to be "bullied" and "intimidated" by those NOT within the jurisdiction of the school district, NOT in control of the district schools and NOT responsible for educating YOUR children.

Come Support Dallas Oregon on January 19, 6:00 p.m. - Privacy for ALL Students!

Come Support Dallas Oregon on January 19, 6:00 p.m. - Privacy for ALL Students!
PRIVACY FOR ALL! Girls in Boy locker room? Boy in girls bathroom? The residents of Dallas need your support! It is CRITICAL that people show up! Stand with Dallas Oregon Parents and Guardians. Encourage your friends to attend Tuesday evening's meeting. Pass it along to your friends. TUESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2016, 6:00 p.m. *Arrive early, 5:15 - 5:30. DALLES CIVIC CENTER, 945 SE Jefferson St, Dallas OR 97338 (20 MILES WEST OF SALEM) Come support privacy for all students as the Dallas school board meets in a public work session with their legal counsel. The public will be allowed to submit written questions that will be answered at the end of the meeting. We need everyone who stands for the personal privacy, safety and respect of all students to come and be a supportive presence for our school board and administration as they face intimidation and bullying from meddling federal bureaucracy and other outside interests. School districts around the Oregon (and nation) are finding themselves being unduly pressured (and even mislead) into making sudden policy decisions about this bathroom/locker room/transgender issue. The privacy and safety of ALL students matters – and there are reasonable accommodations which can be made while at the same time protecting your children and grandchildren.
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