In the July 7 Metro article “She’s no ‘rubber-stamp school board member,’ ” Fairfax County School Board member Elizabeth Schultz misrepresented the full nature of her opposition to proposed changes in Fairfax County Schools’ secondary school Family Life Education curriculum to include some discussion of gender identity and transgender issues.
Schultz said “she voted on behalf of parents and their right to opt their children out of sex-ed classes that cover sensitive material.” But the proposal did not deprive parents of that right. And when the board voted to eliminate any ambiguity in that regard, Schultz still voted against the proposal because she did not want to support the new portions even for those students whose parents agree to let them take the Family Life Education units.
Schultz is opposed to having any student learn basic information about sexual orientation and gender identity as set forth by mainstream medical and mental-health professional associations. The information will help combat bullying and will save lives. The overwhelming majority of the school board did the right thing in moving to bring its curriculum into the 21st century.
Phil Hicks, Centreville
The writer is Virginia advocacy chair of the Metro D.C. chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays).