Public school students in New Jersey are expected to be able to define pregnancy, abortion, and anal, oral, and vaginal sex by the end of eighth grade under state education standards in which schools could face “disciplinary action” should they fail to comply.
The New Jersey Department of Education standards do allow parents to opt their children out of sex education classes when it conflicts with their consciences or religious beliefs, but schools must provide instruction that meets the requirements.
This includes the objective that by the end of middle school, students must be able to “describe pregnancy testing, the signs of pregnancy, and pregnancy options, including parenting, abortion, and adoption” and to define “vaginal, oral, and anal sex.”
By the end of fifth grade, children must be expected to be able to “Describe gender-role stereotypes and their potential impact on self and others” and “Differentiate between sexual orientation and gender identity.”
Schools are also required to “develop a plan … to promote dignity and respect for people of all genders, gender identities, gender expressions, and sexual orientations in the school community.”
The state’s education standards also state that children by eighth grade should be able to “differentiate between gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation,” and schools should “develop a plan…to promote dignity and respect for people of all genders, gender identities, gender expressions, and sexual orientations in the school community.”
Schools that do not comply with state standards could be subject to disciplinary action and face the loss of state and federal funding.
“If we do not, we do not pass New Jersey Quality Single Accountability Continuum (NJQSAC) monitoring. If the district fails this process, we may become ineligible for state and even federal funding,” Melissa Varley, the superintendent of Berkeley Heights Public Schools, told Fox News.
A spokesperson from the state education department told Fox that the standards are “mandatory for Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to implement and failure to comply can result in disciplinary action.”
The standards were approved in 2020 and are based on what Planned Parenthood describes as their “gold standard” of sex education.
At the time, the abortion giant issued a joint statement with New Jersey LGBT groups praising the approval of the curriculum, praising the “updated, more comprehensive curriculum that includes expanded content topics, including LGBTQ identities and consent.”
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