• Dripping Springs ISD Petition

    Please sign our Petition to:

    1) keep Planned Parenthood out of Dripping Springs schools,

    2) prevent our hard-earned property tax dollars from subsidizing Planned Parenthood's radical agenda,

    3) and stop the Planned Parenthood-endorsed Family Life And Sexual Health ("FLASH") sexual education curriculum from being taught to 7th graders in Dripping Springs ISD!

     

    More information on our petition is located immediately following the form below. By completing and submitting the petition below, you affirm the following:

    I, the undersigned, strongly oppose allowing Planned Parenthood, their affiliates, and their radical agenda into our schools, and I specifically petition the Dripping Springs ISD School Health Advisory Council and Board of Trustees to NOT adopt or use any parts of the FLASH comprehensive sexuality education curriculum/program. FLASH violates Texas Education Code 28.004, and FLASH's content does not represent the values and ideology of the Dripping Springs community.

  • Our Dripping Springs ISD Petition

    Petition to the Dripping Springs Independent School District School Health Advisory Council and School Board of Trustees in Opposition to the Use of the FLASH Sexuality Education Curriculum.

    Dripping Springs Independent School District’s School Health Advisory Council ("SHAC") has been in the process of reviewing curriculum resources options for use 7th Grade Sex Education instruction.

    Parents and community members are invited to review the two curriculum options being considered: Scott & White Healthcare's Worth the Wait curriculum and Seattle & King County Public Health's Family Life And Sexual Health ("FLASH") curriculum.

     

    The two curriculums are only available for review in person at DSISD's Office of Learning & Innovation located in the Central Administration Building at 510 West Mercer Street, Dripping Springs, TX 78620. The window for review is Wednesday, March 13-Monday, April 1 from 8:30am-4:30pm. The District is also accepting public input during this review period. If you have questions regarding this opportunity or need individualized consideration to be given to the times of availability, please call the Office of Learning & Innovation at (512) 858-3010 or email nicole.poenitzsch@dsisdtx.us.

    On April 1st, the SHAC will vote to adopt either the Scott & White or the FLASH curriculum.

    The meeting will begin at 4:30pm and will be held in the DSISD Central Administration Complex at 510 West Mercer Street, Dripping Springs, Texas 78620. The room is to be determined.

    We highly recommend and encourage concerned members of our community to attend and speak out against the FLASH sexuality education curriculum.

    Hill Country Values strongly opposes the FLASH curriculum for several reasons, some of which follow:

    1. FLASH is not compliant with Texas Law.

    • FLASH does NOT devote a majority (at least 51%) of instruction to abstinence as required by Texas Education Code §28.004.e.2.

     

    • Only one of FLASH's seven lessons, Lesson 4 "Saying No," focuses on abstinence. (1. Reproductive System and Pregnancy, 2. Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, 3. Rules of Dating, 4. Saying No, 5. Preventing STDs, 6. Condoms to Prevent HIV and Other STDs, 7. Birth Control Methods)

     

    • FLASH does not instruct students on Texas' legal age of consent laws. In fact, Lesson 3 "Rules of Dating" misinforms students by incorrectly stating that 16, rather than 17, is the legal age of consent.

     

    • FLASH does not instruct students on Texas' parental notice laws. In fact, Lesson 1 "Reproductive System and Pregnancy" provides 7th graders with information on how to locate abortion clinics, get more information about abortion, and finance an abortion without parental involvement.

    2. The curriculum is misleading and inappropriate for 12 to 13-year-old 7th graders.

    • In Lesson 7 "Birth Control," FLASH instructs students that withdraw, "pulling out," is an effective method of birth control and that withdraw also reduces the chance of contracting sexually transmitted diseases. The curriculum available for review at DSISD specifically states that condoms are 98% effective versus a 96% effective rate for withdraw.

     

    • In Lesson 6 "Condoms to Prevent HIV and Other STDs," FLASH encourages sexual behavior by 7th graders, and encourages their peers to facilitate that sexual activity. The Lesson's Goal Statements include "I will buy or get condoms and make sure I have them with me when I go out," and "I will help my friends who need condoms get them."

     

    • FLASH directs teachers to additional third-party supplemental resources for instructional aids, many of which include graphic and obscene content that is inappropriate for the instruction of 7th graders.

    3. Planned Parenthood's radical agenda is contrary to values and ideology of the Dripping Springs community.

    • FLASH is published by ETR Associates, known as the publishing arm of Planned Parenthood, which is repeatedly suggested as a resource and service provider in the FLASH 7th grade curriculum.

     

    • Planned Parenthood is a “sexual rights” organization, which advocates for "sexual rights" for children and opposes sexual age of consent laws. From the International Planned Parenthood Federation, Page 9" "There is a common misconception that young people are not, or should not be sexual beings with the exception of certain groups, such as married young people or young people above a certain age. Sexuality is a central aspect of being human during all phases of each person’s life" [...] "We must approach young people’s sexual rights in a progressive way. They should be simultaneously empowered to exercise rights on their own behalf..."

     

    • It is a conflict of interest for a provider of abortions to have access to students in a public school because they market their products, services, and abortion-minded philosophy to teens. Abortion is a business that has no business in our taxpayer-funded public schools.

     

    • Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers do not require parental knowledge or consent before promoting and providing potentially harmful contraception and other services to minors. A recent study, "Doctors find teen girls using contraception are alarmingly losing bone mass," shows that the birth control can be harmful to teens.

    While not perfect, the alternative plan being considered, Scott & White Healthcare, is the most widely used sex education program in Texas and is compliant with Texas law.

    Additionally, Scott & White Healthcare's Worth the Wait is not authored by Planned Parenthood and does not direct students and educators to Planned Parenthood for additional sex education resources and healthcare services.

    Please join this fight by signing this petition and sharing this petition with your family, friends, and neighbors.

    Our children and our community deserve better!

  • Please attend and speak out against FLASH at the April 1st SHAC meeting.

    The SHAC meeting is Monday, April 1st, at 4:30pm and will be held in the DSISD Central Administration Complex at 510 West Mercer Street, Dripping Springs, Texas 78620. The room is to be determined.

    Please note that we are now being told that the SHAC sex ed subcommittee will meet at 4:30pm, not 5:00pm as previously reported!

  • If You Haven't Already, Please Don't Forget to Sign Our Petition!

    By completing and submitting the petition below, you affirm the following:


    I, the undersigned, strongly oppose allowing Planned Parenthood, their affiliates, and their radical agenda into our schools, and I specifically petition the Dripping Springs ISD School Health Advisory Council and Board of Trustees to NOT adopt or use any parts of the FLASH comprehensive sexuality education curriculum/program. FLASH violates Texas Education Code 28.004, and FLASH's content does not represent the values and ideology of the Dripping Springs community.