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Local Example of Inspirational Parental Love

Local Example of Inspirational Parental Love

Life is precious, cherish every day.

Today we remember Veronica Finnie, who passed away yesterday after 330 days of fighting a diagnosed brain tumor.

We greatly admire her parents’ faith, hope, and love during Veronica’s battle with cancer. Veronica’s story is a local example of inspirational parental love.

 

OPT OUT of Sex Ed in San Antonio

OPT OUT of Sex Ed in San Antonio

Opinion Piece by Melissa Beckett

It is that time of year again. A new school year is upon us with all of the possibilities that brings; new schedules, new friends, new knowledge and unfortunately new stresses!! For those of us parents who send our children to public school, it is with mixed emotions. Public schools have resources that many private schools do not but there is a trade off. Public schools across the country are becoming more and more liberal, a problem we used to think resided only in California. Instead of focusing on the classical education items like reading, writing and arithmetic, public schools now feel it is their duty to “parent” our children in all aspects of living, and most recently Texas public schools have been inundated with very liberal ideology, especially as it relates to Human Sexuality Curriculum, or “Sex-Ed” as it is often called.

Did you know that Texas public schools are not required to offer Human Sexuality Education? The Texas Education Code gives them the option to not offer it at all.

Did you know that if Texas public schools choose to offer Human Sexuality Education you have the right to “OPT OUT” or “NOT OPT-IN”? Yes, you have that right!

Did you know that if Texas public schools choose to offer Human Sexuality Education they must choose a curriculum that stresses abstinence? That means that the majority of the curriculum should be focused on what abstinence is, why it is the right choice for unmarried school aged children, how to choose it, and how to feel good about doing so.

Would it surprise you to know that most public schools in San Antonio teach Human Sexuality Education? Probably not.

Would it surprise you to know that what most San Antonio public schools are teaching does not meet the Texas Education Code requirements to stress abstinence? My guess is that it would surprise you. But what I learned last year is that liberal organizations have infiltrated many School Boards through the SHAC (Student Health Advisory Council) and these School Boards have approved new programs without properly vetting the curriculum and confirming their compliance with the Texas Education Code 28.004 (e) (1-5).

My children attend schools in North East ISD and beginning in the 2016-2017 school year all North East ISD Middle Schools began teaching a new Middle School human sexuality curriculum called “Draw the Line, Respect the Line” by ETR publishing (out of California). Having read this curriculum from beginning to end for all three grades I can confidently state that this curriculum DOES NOT stress abstinence as the Texas Education Code 28.004 (e) (1-5) requires. Abstinence or “not have sex” is barely mentioned at all in the entire curriculum. When “not have sex” is mentioned it is usually as an equal alternative to having sex, which ever you “choose” or “feel ready” for. And remember, we are talking Middle School aged children (ages 11-14). I don’t know about you but I do not want my children to be exposed to a program that places “not having sex” as an equal choice to “having sex.” Not only is it not the best thing for my child, it is a lie. They are not equal and to suggest they are is neglectful.

The challenge is no matter how many times I showed the staff at North East ISD and the School Board (using example after example from the curriculum’s student instruction) that abstinence is not stressed in the curriculum as the Texas Education Code requires, they dismissed my concerns and continued to state that it does teach abstinence and that it is in compliance with Texas Education Code 28.004 (e) (1-5). Interestingly, they only made opinion statements and did not support their claim with examples from the student’s instruction.

So why did North East ISD select a new Human Sexuality Curriculum? I cannot speak for them but here is what I do know. The previous Middle School program taught by North East ISD is called “Choosing the Best” and it does meet the Texas Education Code requirements and was effective. See the table below.

From school year 2008-2009 to school year 2015-2016, “Choosing the Best” human sexuality curriculum was taught in all North East ISD Middle Schools. North East ISD’s Middle School pregnancy rates began dropping almost immediately after “Choosing the Best” was implemented, and continued to drop to almost zero during the 2015-2016 school year. So why would North East ISD leave a successful, effective, and law abiding program? One would expect it would be for an even more effective program, right? Wrong. According to the publishers of “Draw the Line, Respect the Line” it is not effective in helping girls delay the onset of sex. So again I ask the question, why was this change made?

And as parents, what are we to do? Well, the first thing is to make sure your child does not attend “Draw the Line, Respect the Line” curriculum or any other similar curriculum.

PLEASE OPT YOUR CHILDREN OUT of Human Sexuality Education unless you can verify that your school district is teaching a curriculum that stresses abstinence!! It is the souls of your children you are fighting for!

What school Districts in San Antonio are teaching “Draw the Line, Respect the Line” in Middle School classrooms? As best I can tell the following school districts in San Antonio are using (or planning to use) “Draw the Line, Respect the Line” human sexuality curriculum in their Middle Schools: North East ISD, Edgewood ISD, Harlandale ISD, East Central ISD, Southside ISD, South San ISD, and San Antonio ISD. Please know this is not intended to be an accurate or exhaustive list but a list to help you start your research.

Curricula that stress abstinence are: Heritage Keepers, Choosing the Best, Aspire, Pure and Simple, and Best Friends. This list is not exhaustive, but these are the programs I know of that have received Texas Title V Grant Funding and meet the “stress abstinence” requirements. In evaluating other programs I would suggest the following:
1. Review the curriculum in detail.
2. Ask the district or instructors to show you where in the student instruction the curriculum discusses what abstinence is, why abstinence is the right choice for unmarried school aged children, how to choose abstinence, and how to feel good about doing so. If they are unable to do so or they make light of your request by making blanket statements without actually showing you in the student instruction, you are at risk of your child attending a program that does not stress abstinence.

PLEASE OPT YOUR CHILDREN OUT of Human Sexuality Education unless you can verify that your school district is teaching a curriculum that stresses abstinence! It is important that we as parents take a stand and let the public schools know we are the parents of our children and we will hold them accountable for the decisions they make that affect our children’s moral character! Our children cannot afford for us to put our heads in the sand!

Please know that the contents of this article are the opinions of Melissa Beckett. To learn more about “Draw the Line, Respect the Line” and its dangers to your children, check out her Facebook videos: https://www.facebook.com/pg/flagontheplaybymelissabeckett/videos/?ref=page_internal.

Sources of Information:
Texas Education Code: To see the specific requirements of the Texas Education Code go to TEC 28.004 Section (e) Items (1-5).

“Draw the Line, Respect the Line” Program Findings: “The study found no statistically significant program impacts for girls on any of these outcomes for any of the follow-up periods.” To view the detailed report, go to: https://tppevidencereview.aspe.hhs.gov/document.aspx?rid=3&sid=49&mid=7

Report supporting that “Draw the Line, Respect the Line” curriculum among others are in-effective: http://www.choosingthebest.com/newsroom/abstinence-related-news/95-hhs-report-shows-lack-of-effectiveness-for-evidence-based-sex-ed-programs

CDC Study says Teen Virgins are Healthier than their Sexually Active Peers: Stay Informed. Don’t by into the lie that Abstinence Education in Texas doesn’t work.

CDC Study Says Teen Virgins Are Healthier Than Their Sexually Active Peers

Special Session Ends with Important Insurance Reform but Without a Privacy Bill

Special Session Ends with Important Insurance Reform but Without a Privacy Bill

In an important piece of  pro-life legislation, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed House Bill 214 (HB 214), which will protect Texans from paying for the abortions of others through their tax dollars and health insurance premiums. Under this new law Texans will not be forced to pay for elective abortions through their insurance plans. The bill limits insurance coverage for abortion procedures.

Disappointingly, SB3/HB46, the Texas Privacy Act, was blocked and ultimately stopped by Speaker Joe Straus and Rep. Byron Cook. The bill, which would keep men out of girls’ showers, restrooms, and changing areas, had the support of nearly 80 percent of Republican voters.

City Charter Review Commission

City Charter Review Commission

City Charter Review Commission met Monday, August 14 at City Hall. It was made clear that the Charter Amendment Proposals would not make a November 2017 election. At the earliest, the Special Election won’t be until May of 2018.

Charter Review Commission Meeting Minutes form Monday, July 10th were approved at the August 14th meeting.

Not all of the Sub-Committees were ready to make their final report or recommendations. Former Councilman Art Hall’s sub-committee recommended no change to the number of Council Districts or the Sunset Provisions. This Sub-Committee also recommended no change to the Charter wording of the Boards, Commissions and Committees yet that City Code Chapter 2, Article IX would be the appropriate place to modify who can serve on those entities. Former Councilman Mike Gallagher reiterated his encouragement to increase the number of Councilman due to the growing district population. Note that as Texas grows in population, there is no call to increase the number of State Senators from 31 or the number of State Reps from 150. Now that Councilmen are paid and the staff budgets have been increased, they should be able to better represent the a larger number of citizens better today than prior to May 2015.

The Charter Proposal to change the Planning Commissioners from at-large to single member districts was also not recommended. New Assistant City Manager, Rod Sanchez stated that the Planning Commission was appropriately named. And, Committeeman Francine Romero boldly stated that “people who think that the Planning Commission is like the Zoning Commission and needs to be by districts their logic is completely backwards”. That’s pretty rough and potentially insensitive.

Of great concern was another Sub-Committees recommendation that the words “public works” would be replaced with “public purposes” within the Charter to allow for the City to get involved in public housing. An alarming comment made by one of the Committeemen in regards to public housing was that they hadn’t yet met with SAHA but that they had met with COPS/Metro.

City Charter Election History:
http://www.sanantonio.gov/Portals/0/Files/Atty/CharterReviewComm/CityCharterElectionHistory.pdf

Council Consideration Request to Relocate Travis Park Confederate Monument

Council Consideration Request to Relocate Travis Park Confederate Monument

Let’s fix streets instead of wasting tax payer money to move the Confederate Monument in Travis Park. It would be a lot more impactful to add a plaque that states facts about the monument to help people remember history accurately and a lot more helpful to improving the quality of life for San Antonians if we used the tens of thousands of dollars to fix our streets rather than moving the monument. Councilman Trevino has a distorted view of history. If he’s so concerned about making sure “to be inclusive of all facets of the community” let’s make sure that the community includes unborn humans. In 2015, Trevino voted for the expansion of abortion facilities throughout the City of San Antonio, which is arguably another form of slavery. Trevino has a propensity to support only the “monuments” that suit his ideology and political ascendancy, not the community and not all people treated as “second-class citizens”.

Read the CCR by Trevino here.

There was a Monument Rally at Travis Park to preserve Texas History this past Saturday, August 12th. Hundreds stood in the summer heat to preserve the monument that has been there since 1891. A much smaller crowd, protesting the monument’s existence, was present. The Rally remained peaceful. Who knows the history of this monument? Why was it commissioned and placed in the park over 26 years after the Union won the Civil War over the Confederacy? Why would a monument like this be placed here in a post-Civil War culture? Remember history or we’re destined to repeat it.

New Transportation Assessment Fee (Tax) proposed by District 9 Councilman John Courage 

New Transportation Assessment Fee (Tax) proposed by District 9 Councilman John Courage 

New Transportation Assessment Fee (Tax) proposed by District 9 Councilman John Courage was not recommended currently by CoSA Chief Financial Officer Ben Gorzell as City Manager Sheryl Sculley favors an “Equity Lens” over “Rough Proportionality” to fund street maintenance and other social issues to come. This will lead to District 9 to pay an even larger bulk of the city’s tax revenue and get even less proportionally.

Read more here:

http://www.expressnews.com/news/news_columnists/gilbert_garcia/article/Sculley-brings-equity-lens-to-city-budget-11749142.php

http://www.expressnews.com/news/news_columnists/gilbert_garcia/article/Courage-proposes-plan-for-39-million-in-new-11538946.php

Letter in Support of Privacy Protection Includes Signatures of Three SA Businessmen

Letter in Support of Privacy Protection Includes Signatures of Three SA Businessmen

A letter in support of the proposed Privacy Protection bill contains the signatures of 33 business owners, including three from San Antonio.

San Antonio businessmen Patrick Von Dohlen and Michael R. Knuffke of the Von Dohlen Knuffke Financial Group, and Daniel J. Petri of Hartzheim Petri CPA signed the letter.

 

The letter states, “We, the undersigned support legislative efforts to protect the privacy, safety and dignity of Texans in bathrooms, locker rooms, and other intimate facilities in all government buildings, including public schools.”

The letter has signatures from owners of businesses from several sectors including oil and gas, transportation, tourism, law, agriculture, commercial real estate, wealth management, personal safety and protection.

 

In the press release, Jonathan Saenz, president of Texas Values, says “Legislative efforts to protect privacy actually protects the rights of businesses to make their own decisions about intimate facilities. Claims that protecting privacy would harm the economy have been rated as ‘mostly false’ due to fuzzy math and hypotheticals that never came true. Nonetheless, it should be noted that many in the Texas business community, particularly small business operators, support efforts to protect privacy.”

Read the complete text of the letter here.

City Seeks Citizens to Serve on Boards, Commissions

City Seeks Citizens to Serve on Boards, Commissions

The City of San Antonio is seeking applications for open positions on several of its nearly 40 community-based boards, commissions, and committees. Board and commission appointees serve as community representatives and advisors to both council members and the mayor on specific topics.

Interested citizens may review a complete list of current position vacancies and submit applications here.

To read more from the Rivard Report, click here.

A Confederate Statue Is Torn Down and People Are Asking This Question

A Confederate Statue Is Torn Down and People Are Asking This Question

“Sheriff deputies recorded but did not intervene as protesters in Durham, NC, pulled down a monument to a Confederate soldier last night.

Protesters circled the statue and shouted, “No cops! No KKK! No fascist USA!!!” then climbed the statute, placed a yellow cord around the soldier, and yanked it to the ground.

The statue was then kicked as the protesters danced and shouted for joy.

. . .

E mailers and callers to the show are now asking what’s next?

Caller Bob wonders, “Once every statute is removed, and we have no more history – what then will they demand?”

TG emailed to say he believes the ultimate goal is the Constitution. “I mean, how can we possibly follow a piece of paper with rules written by wealthy slave owners who were all white men?””

To read the full article from KTSA, click here.

 

Texans Gather for Daughters over Dollars. Women and Children Come First, Not a False Sense of Commerce Loss.

Texans Gather for Daughters over Dollars. Women and Children Come First, Not a False Sense of Commerce Loss.

On August 3, Patrick joined like-minded people from all over Texas to participate in the Pastor’s Capitol Stand for Women’s Privacy at the Texas State Capitol.

The stand was against local “gender identity” ordinances which would enable transgender people to use the bathroom of the opposite sex.

Many Texans joined in the Stand to show that they object to allowing men to use showers and restrooms with women and young girls. As one participant said, “”This is not a Civil Rights issue. I marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. over 60 years ago for civil rights. This is nothing like black peoples’ plight for equal rights and treatment as humans. This Privacy Bill is to prevent Special Rights”.

See videos from the rally here.

Consider the importance of Daughters Over Dollars and Privacy Over Predators, and contact your elected State Legislators to pass common sense Special Session Senate Bill 3.