Curriculum · General · School District · Tools

Example – Open Records Request

Dear Officer for Public Records,
This request is made under the Texas Public Information Act, Chapter 552, Texas Government Code, which guarantees the public’s access to information in the custody of governmental agencies.

I respectfully request the following information:

District Policy.  Please provide all district policies on human sexuality education, puberty education, human growth and development, family life education, and maturation, including the adoption date and whether it was adopted by the school board or district administration with or without an official board vote.

Schedules.  Please provide copies of course schedules, instructors, listings, or other documents that reflect what courses required or elective are offered in your district schools that contain information  involving any human sexuality instruction.

Instructors. Please provide a list of all employees and outside speakers of human sexuality including names, organizations or affiliations.  Please provide a list of all employees that have been trained to teach human sexuality instruction.

Parental Notification.   Please provide copies of notification to parents about human sexuality instruction including but not limited to parent permission, opt-in, or opt-out forms used for human sexuality instruction, puberty education, human growth and development, family life education, and maturation at all grade levels.

Demonstrations. Please provide any documentation regarding the demonstration or distribution of contraceptives in your district including condoms.

Organizations.  Please provide a list of any organizations or other entities or resources provided to students for referrals regarding human sexuality related issues, including by school counselors.

Pregnant Students.  Please provide a copy of your policy regarding notification of parent(s) when a student says she is pregnant or thinks she is pregnant.

Counseling/Guidance Programs.  Please provide summary level of the content of each counseling and guidance program used in the school district including but not limited to Welcoming Schools,  Social Emotional Learning, Leader in Me, Trevor Romain, anti-bullying programs, and character education.  Please include schools and grades implementing each program and scope and sequence.

The Freedom of Information Act provides that if portions of a document are exempt, the remainder must be segregated and released. Therefore, I would appreciate your sending me all nonexempt portions of those records I have requested.

If you decide to withhold or delete any information, please let me know of your decision by referencing specific exemptions under the Act.  Under provisions of the Public Information Act, I reserve the right to appeal should you determine to withhold any information sought in my request.

Thank you for your cooperation. I look forward to receiving your reply within 10 business days, as provided by law.

Draw the Line/Respect the Line · Lago Vista ISD

Lago Vista ISD teaches DTL/RTL!

According to an Open Records Request, DTL/RTL adopted in 2015 passed unanimously by the Board of Trustees.  Did the Trustees read the curriculum in detail or did they “rubber stamp” the SHAC recommendation? https://www.scribd.com/document/438288815/20191119-Lago-Vista-FOIA
DTL/RTL has been analyzed and found to exhibit 11/15 Harmful Elements of Comprehensive Sex Education. https://www.comprehensivesexualityeducation.org/cse-materials-index/draw-the-line-respect-the-line/
Northeast ISD Parent Testimony – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxlnNE9k5vQ
Herman Uses a Condom lesson can be reviewed here – Herman

 

Big Decisions · SOGI

Big Decisions 2016

The differences between Big Decisions 2016 and the previous version can be subtle in some areas.  But with close analysis, we see big steps towards the gender fluidity messages for young people.

For example, there is a discussion on anatomy.  Here is the introduction for the teacher to give –

anatomy slides instructions

Then the slides are labeled Reproductive System, Outside and Inside without references to Male and Female.

Teachers are told –

“It is important to maintain a safe, respectful, and inclusive learning environment for all students, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and students who are questioning or unsure of their orientation or gender… not all students who identify as males have a penis and testicles. Likewise, not all who identify as female have a vagina and a uterus.”

An analysis of Big Decisions shows that this Comprehensive Sex Education program contains 15 of the Harmful Elements of CSE.

https://www.comprehensivesexualityeducation.org/wp-content/uploads/15-Harmful-Elements_Big-Decisions-v2016_final-1-1.pdf

 

anatomy - outside 1

anatomy - inside 1

anatomy - outside 2

anatomy - inside 2

General · Get Real · Manor ISD · Mindfulness

2017 Manor ISD

Human Sexuality Instruction

Manor ISD has been teaching Scott & White Worth the Wait.  The handbook states that Worth the Wait will be taught, and the permission slips provided in an open records request show Worth the Wait.  However, this document indicates that Cardea Services will implement the WISE initiative and LifeWorks will provide Get Real Human Sexuality Instruction in the Middle and High Schools.

Mindfulness

Manor ISD is listed among many Texas school districts as PureEdge districts.  The Manor ISD SHAC discussed PureEdge at the March 9, 2017 SHAC Meeting.

“V. PURE Edge Professional Development
SFSS Director Becky Lott provided an overview of the Pure Edge professional development, which was provided on February 20 to the majority of PE teachers, social workers, counselors, registrars, food services staff and others and again to parents on February 21, 2017.

Pure Edge, Inc. believes that all students deserve to be taught strategies to help combat stress and develop social, emotional, and academic learning competencies with an open heart and an open mind.

This purpose of this experiential training is intended to help educators practice research-based strategies to reduce stress, calm the mind and achieve focus.
The following was covered and well received by the participants.
•Opening: Journaling check-in, chair movement and breath
•Slide Set: Pure Edge’s Mindful Movement, Breath, and Rest
•Interactive Exercises and Guided Practice

The district will be expanding this professional development in the summer and fall of 2017 to additional educators.”

School Based Health Center

Manor ISD has a school based health center. http://www.manorisd.net/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=172114&type=d&pREC_ID=1211790

Big Decisions · Dripping Springs ISD · General

Dripping Springs ISD – Big Decisions and Counseling Programs

Dripping Springs provided the following documents as attachments as response to the Open Records Request below.

 

From: sheila.lamb@dsisdtx.us <sheila.lamb@dsisdtx.us> on behalf of Records Request – DSISD <recordsrequest@dsisdtx.us>
Sent: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 2:02 PM
To: Deborah Simmons
Subject: Re: 4/28/2017 – Dripping Springs ISD Open Records Request

Please see attached documents in response to your open records request.

Sheila Lamb

Executive Assistant to the Superintendent

Dripping Springs ISD

sheila.lamb@dsisdtx.us
(512)858-3002

On Fri, Apr 28, 2017 at 11:35 AM, Deborah Simmons wrote:

Dear Officer for Public Records,

This request is made under the Texas Public Information Act, Chapter 552, Texas Government Code, which guarantees the public’s access to information in the custody of governmental agencies.

I respectfully request the following information:

Human Sexuality Instruction.  The November 15, 2016 SHAC Minutes state: “DSISD nurses, counselors, and the Dripping Springs Middle School 7th Grade Science teachers will also be asked to review the updated curriculum and provide feedback to the SHAC.”  Please provide the emails and feedback provided to the SHAC.

Counseling/Guidance Programs.  Please provide summary level of the content of each counseling and guidance program used in the Drippings Springs school district including but not limited to Welcoming Schools, Social Emotional Learning, Leader in Me, Trevor Romain, anti-bullying programs, and character education.  Please include schools and grades implementing each program and scope and sequence.

The Freedom of Information Act provides that if portions of a document are exempt, the remainder must be segregated and released. Therefore, I would appreciate your sending me all nonexempt portions of those records I have requested.

If you decide to withhold or delete any information, please let me know of your decision by referencing specific exemptions under the Act.  Under provisions of the Public Information Act, I reserve the right to appeal should you determine to withhold any information sought in my request.

Thank you for your cooperation. I look forward to receiving your reply within 10 business days, as provided by law.

 

Big Decisions · Draw the Line/Respect the Line · General · San Marcos Consolidated ISD

San Marcos Consolidated ISD Human Sexuality Instruction 2016-2017

According to the San Marcos Consolidated ISD SHAC Website, the SHAC had set the following Proposed Goals and areas of interest for 2016-2017:

  1. Increase and improve the partnerships in community health.
  2. Management/leadership positions of the school district and individual campuses be in required attendance for the meeting.  The development and involvement of PTO/PTA Healthy Lifestyle Chair in the SHAC.
  3.  A full time District Health Coordinator.
  4. Focus for the 2016-2017 SHAC:
    1. Suicide Awareness and Prevention,
    2. Bullying including in social media
    3. Human Development- training and implementation of the sex education of the district.

San Marcos Cons ISD provided information on the Human Sexuality Instruction and Counseling/Guidance in a response to an open records request in May 2017.  According to the response, Big Decisions (4th Edition) was taught in High School Advisory classes this year and will be taught in Biology next year.  Draw the Line/Respect the Line is taught on Middle School campuses in science classes with parent denial option.

The only SHAC minutes posted at this date are from April 2016 and show discussion regarding “funding for training for Big Decisions and participation in the study on Big Decisions.”


The following document is a redacted version of what was provided.


“Dear Officer for Public Records,

This request is made under the Texas Public Information Act, Chapter 552, Texas Government Code, which guarantees the public’s access to information in the custody of governmental agencies.

I respectfully request the following information:

Human Sexuality Instruction.  Please provide scope and sequence for Human Sexuality Instruction in the district and parental notification forms.

Counseling/Guidance Programs.  Please provide summary level of the content of each counseling and guidance program used in the school district including but not limited to Welcoming Schools, Social Emotional Learning, Leader in Me, Trevor Romain, anti-bullying programs, and character education.  Please include schools and grades implementing each program and scope and sequence.

The Freedom of Information Act provides that if portions of a document are exempt, the remainder must be segregated and released. Therefore, I would appreciate your sending me all nonexempt portions of those records I have requested.

If you decide to withhold or delete any information, please let me know of your decision by referencing specific exemptions under the Act.  Under provisions of the Public Information Act, I reserve the right to appeal should you determine to withhold any information sought in my request.

Thank you for your cooperation. I look forward to receiving your reply within 10 business days, as provided by law.”