A faith school’s faith curriculum is meant to teach kids about God’s love and respect for others, and that includes LGBT people, a former principal says.
A school board member says the faith curriculum should be inclusive of people who aren’t LGBT.
An LGBT advocacy group is challenging a Texas school board vote that would bar teachers from teaching students about their sexuality in the classroom.
A Texas school district voted Thursday to ban all religious instruction in public schools and ban the teaching of gay-straight alliances and gender-identity identity.
The vote comes on the heels of a landmark ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in June that ruled that school districts can’t bar teachers or other employees from teaching about sexual orientation.
In a brief filed with the Texas Education Agency, Faith Education Academy principal Matthew Strawn says the school board should reconsider its decision and allow faith-based teachers and administrators to teach about the LGBT Community.
“The majority of the people who attend our schools are LGBTQ, and we need to teach them that they are valued, respected, and celebrated for who they are,” Strawn wrote.
“Our students deserve to be taught that we value diversity, respect, and inclusion.”
The Texas law would allow teachers and other staff to teach “that there are people who do not want to be accepted, that there are members of the LGBTQ community who are hateful, and people who are trying to deny their sexual orientation, transgender identity, gender identity, or expression.”
Faith Education Academy is located in Dallas.
It’s the largest Christian school in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, which is home to about 50,000 students.
A few years ago, the school closed and closed again, but it reopened last summer with a new principal, David Fink.