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Beatrice says it won't adopt state health standards as drafted and will write its own instead
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Beatrice says it won't adopt state health standards as drafted and will write its own instead

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The draft standards include teaching students respect for people of all genders, gender expressions and gender identities.

Beatrice Public Schools Superintendent Jason Alexander and school board President Jon Zimmerman released an open letter to the Nebraska State Board of Education outlining their concerns with the drafted state health standards.

“While such standards outside the core curriculum are not binding on a district, they express and establish expectations from the state board that inevitably will be imposed upon schools irrespective of their advisory nature and sensitive subject matter,” the letter states. “The state board would be asking each school district to account for the state board’s decision and answer to groups of various interests and opinions as they question any adherence to, or divergence from, the proposed standards, which is also why Beatrice will be writing their own standards for health.”

The letter states that the Beatrice Board of Education will not adopt the proposed state standards of health as written, because in their opinion it would undermine the buy-in of local citizens and their school boards in making curricular decisions consistent with community values.

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A full first draft of the state standards can be accessed at education.ne.gov/healthed/health-education-standards-development/

“We are still working on creating our own health standards as well,” Assistant Superintendent Jackie Nielsen said. “We are not for sure what the second draft will come out with, but we are still in the process of creating our own standards.”

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