Vigo County Schools’ superintendent delays sex education recommendation

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WEST TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– Dr. Rob Haworth, Vigo County School Corporation’s superintendent, decided not to present a recommendation on the district’s sex education curriculum at Monday’s school board meeting.

He said after hearing public comment during the meeting, he would like to conduct another review of his original recommendation.

“We always want to try to be listeners. We always want to try to be hearing. I heard a couple of nuggets that I thought could add to our recommendation to make it stronger. That’s why we pulled back.”

Haworth collaborated with the VCSC sex education committee to develop a recommendation to present to the school board.

In the original recommendation, students would have three options for sex education.

Students would have the opportunity to opt out of the curriculum entirely. They could receive sex education directly from VCSC’s teachers or they could take part in the Creating Positive Relationships program provided by the Crisis Pregnancy Center based in Terre Haute.

The use of the Creating Positive Relationships program has been a topic of debate for over a year.

One meeting attendee said, “The CPC has no business being in our school system if their information isn’t accurate and it actively excludes certain students.”

“We welcome feed back from a variety of sources about our program. We don’t want to implement something that is not successful in it’s objectives or that isn’t medically accurate,” said a representative for Creating Positive Relationships.

Haworth said he wants to find a solution that will fit every student’s individual needs.

“I don’t ever think there will be a compromise to which everyone is happy with. I don’t think we should even be looking for a compromise. I think we should be looking for what’s in the best interest of the student. I think there is two or three ways to get to that.”

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