CMS district officials vote to update sex education policies

CMS Board addresses several issues including sex education policy

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - As time moves forward, it’s natural to have language progress into new terms. On Tuesday, Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board members changed the language in its policies about sex education classes.

To put it bluntly, they’re trying to make sure your student listens in these classes. They want kids to stop tuning teachers out. A concerned senior at Myers Park was the first one to bring up the outdated wording to district officials.

In a 4-0 vote, school board members said the Myers Parks student told them the wording of the policies weren’t fit for her generation. CMS policy is to teach about safe sex, the benefits of abstinence until marriage, and ways to avoid getting pregnant out of wedlock.

So for example, in the old policy it said: A mutually faithful monogamous relationship in the context of marriage is the best lifelong means of avoiding sexually transmitted diseases. To try and fit the times, the policy has been updated to read: A mutually faithful monogamous heterosexual relationship in the context of marriage is best means of avoiding sexually transmitted diseases.

District leaders say they were happy to see a student speak up for what she thought was important. They also North Carolina state law requires the district to use particular verbiage like “heterosexual”.

CMS received calls concerning such, and officials say they are not pushing an agenda, just following the law.

Charles Jeter the Executive director of Government Relations Policy for CMS said,"CMS is going to follow state law first and foremost. I think as members of the board did last week, we would encourage those people that feels like the law needs to be changed to go talk to the law makers in Raleigh. Ultimately, its their decision. My guess is they’ll find a lot of friendly allies in CMS. We haven’t taken an official position. I feel pretty good, I know where we’d be."

CMS clarifies update of sex education policy language

Also notable – the old policy said nothing about sex trafficking. The new policy does. The dangers of that will be taught. District officials say updating policies to read how we speak today will become a trend.

Copyright 2020 WBTV. All rights reserved.