School Board Hears Opponents Of Proposed State Health Education Standards, Critical Race Theory


     The statewide battle of health education standards proposed by the Nebraska State Board of Education and the national fight over Critical Race Theory came to the Chadron School Board Monday night. 

      Speaking on behalf of a full room of concerned district patrons, Tony Storbeck spent 10 minutes laying out their fears of both issues, calling them part of a “political agenda.”

     Storbeck said Health Education Standards encourage educators to teach about single-parent, blended, intergenerational, cohabiting, adoptive, same-gender, and interracial households with troubling “inappropriate sexual content.”

      Storbeck said opponents are also worried because the standards “venture into controversial social justice territory” with 8th-graders discussing “cultural issues that impact mental, emotional, and social health including how some laws are viewed as tools of systemic racism.”

     Storbeck ended by urging the board to oppose the standards and encouraged everyone opposed to the standards to contact their state senator and the state board and tell them how they feel.

      Storbeck’s presentation came during the public comment time of the school board meeting when no action can be taken. 

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