By April S. Kelley
Austin LifeGuard (ALG) provides the sex education curriculum for Leander ISD. ALG is an arm of Austin LifeCare, a self-described anti-abortion crisis pregnancy center, and sometimes offers incomplete information to scare students about sex.
LISD has been teaching the same basic ALG program — an abstinence-plus curriculum that often promotes the dangers of pre-marital sex rather than a science-based human sexuality course — for 13 years.
“The [School Health Advisory Council] SHAC looks at several different curriculums noting the requirements from the state and determines which curriculum to recommend for use in LISD,” Matt Mitchell, LISD communications coordinator, said.
He said the SHAC reviews the human sexuality curriculum every three years for grades 7, 8 and 9.
In 2018, the LISD SHAC reviewed the ALG, Big Decisions and Scott and White curriculums. Ultimately, the subcommittee recommended that LISD continue their partnership with ALG, at a cost of $35,000. The LISD School Board at the time, approved the recommendation.
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