Local reaction to sex education plan proposal

We asked some local school officials to react on the sex education plan being proposed in the Ohio House.

“The budget bill should be the budget bill. We are sitting in April trying to complete our budget process. To throw language into the budget bill relative to sex education — considering all the multitude of changes that are going on — is just unfair. Clearly, it is not understood how many changes we’re dealing with simultaneously.” — Dayton Public Schools Superintendent Lori Ward

“It’s interesting but I’d have to see all the pieces to it … I would have to wait to hear more information and see if it survives. That’s always a key thing. They can propose lots of things and it doesn’t mean it survives.” — Springboro Board of Education President Kelly Kohls

“I think that’s a controversial issue, obviously. The districts I have worked for have always maintained kind of an abstinence philosophy as far as sex education. They’ve leaned toward that’s the parental role to educate on sex education. …so I don’t think it would affect our district. I guess I’m kind of surprised that the budget bill would have something regarding comprehensive sex education and funding or not in it. That sounds kind of crazy.” — Northmont City Schools Superintendent Sarah Zatik

— compiled by staff writer Margo Rutledge Kissell

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