Anti-TeenSMART vote was correct |

Anti-TeenSMART vote was correct

I understand that the state had denied the TeenSMART grant for Truckee before it reached the board. I’m relieved to hear this. TeenSMART is not smart. Supervisors Horne and Bedwell’s votes on this application represent my position.

I am an intermediate schoolteacher in Nevada County and a mother of a high school junior. I understand that Truckee’s high school and middle school currently teach sex education as part of their curriculum. However, TeenSMART involved more than just sex education. TeenSMART was a supplemental program that had an aggressive clinical outreach component that would have linked our adolescents with the ability to receive contraceptives without parent notification, much less permission. My son can’t even take Advil at school without a doctor’s prescription. What’s wrong with this picture?

I do not believe it is the role of our schools to facilitate programs that connect our students to clinics. We need to support education that equips our adolescents with the needed skills and knowledge to be productive and responsible citizens in society. We also need to support active parent involvement in the lives of their adolescent children.

Supervisors Horne and Bedwell’s votes to deny the TeenSMART grant for Truckee was most definitely SMART!

Maria LaRash

Grass Valley

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