Email: Parents Cannot opt their kids out of LGBTQ+ books
Montgomery County Public Schools proudly announced a list of new LGBTQ+ books that teachers would be required to read to kids at school. Parents contacted the schools to opt their kids out. Then MCPS sent an email stating that parents CANNOT opt their kids out of these books:
"MCPS expects all classrooms to be inclusive and safe spaces for students, including those who identify as LGBTQ+ or have family members in the LGBTQ+ community. A broad representation of personal characteristics within curricular or instructional materials promotes this desired outcome. Therefore, as with all curriculum resources, there is an expectation that teachers utilize these inclusive lessons and texts with all students."
"As is standard practice, when planning for instruction teachers/schools are encouraged to utilize a variety of resources to continue to promote an inclusive environment as outlined in the MCPS Core Values and Board Policy. Students and families may not choose to opt out of engaging with any instructional materials, other than “Family Life and Human Sexuality Unit of Instruction'' which is specifically permitted by Maryland law. As such, teachers will not send home letters to inform families when inclusive books are read in the future."
Email sent to parents