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Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

Elmbrook's HG&D (sex-ed) materials need more review time

Culture, Education, Elmbrook, Family, HG&D (sex-ed)

Wednesday, Jan. 14th, 8:30am to 4pm, is the last official day for interested Elmbrook residents to review the Human Growth & Development sex-ed materials. The HGD committee meets this Thursday to discuss the review comment forms. If you have looked at the sex ed materials, make sure your comments are submitted to Elmbrook's school offices by noon, Thursday, Jan. 15.

I was at the district office to look through the curriculum again yesterday. That makes about 7 hours for me. I started at the kindergarten level last week and so far have only gotten to the middle school materials. Even spending that amount of time, I have not seen everything covered in the classes. I realize I need more time.

Parents have been stopping in. One man came yesterday asking where he could pick up the class materials for his wife. After we (the 5 of us in the room) informed him there was no take home packet, he said his wife would come Wednesday.

I have been told there are over 188 hours of classroom instruction to be reviewed but far less time was offered to look through the curriculum. Plus, it takes time to look through something you are not familiar with.

Elmbrook's HGD program is said to be abstinence based. So far, I have not seen much evidence of this emphasis. I strongly encourage you to take a look for yourself--especially if you have children in the middle school and high school.

I realize the HGD committee must move on so the board can vote on the curriculum toward the end of the month, but considering the bins of materials are just sitting on tables in the board room, with no interaction between office staff and the viewers, I see little reason to limit reviewing time at this point. With additional review time, at least you could read through and watch what the board will be approving or rejecting.

Contact Director of Learning Melanie Stewart at 262-781-3030, extension 1112 or email her, to request more time.

The administrative offices are located at 13780 Hope Street, just a few blocks north of Capitol Drive.

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