Canyon ISD votes down health curriculum as a graduation requirement

After months of heated debate over the content of the health curriculum for the Canyon Independent School District, the board voted unanimously to remove the curriculum as a requirement for graduation.

Following the advice of certain speakers last month, the board meeting opened with public prayer and the pledge of allegiance. The board had not had this as part of the meeting in some time, and after receiving criticism for not including these in meetings, these actions were added to the agenda.

At last month’s meeting, the board approved the current curriculum after multiple meetings of the SHAC (School Health Advisory Council) committee, which favored the publisher chosen for health education. An 88% majority of the committee found the health curriculum to be the best choice and decided that much of the content found objectionable by the loudest segment of the community would be opt-in only.

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