Per Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS): MCPS expects all classrooms to be inclusive and safe spaces for students, including those who identify as LGBTQ+ or have family members in the LGBTQ+ community. A broad representation of personal characteristics within curricular or instructional materials promotes this desired outcome. Therefore, as with all curriculum resources, there is an expectation that teachers utilize these inclusive lessons and texts with all students.
As is standard practice, when planning for instruction teachers/schools are encouraged to utilize a variety of resources to continue to promote an inclusive environment as outlined in the MCPS Core Values and Board Policy. Students and families may not choose to opt out of engaging with any instructional materials, other than “Family Life and Human Sexuality Unit of Instruction” which is specifically permitted by Maryland law. As such, teachers will not send home letters to inform families when inclusive books are read in the future.
The message can be found in this week’s “5 Things to Know About MCPS”
It’s almost too rich that the almond-helicopter-moms that “need” to be informed of every trivial thing their child does/consumes are always advocating for smaller government.
Your child’s teacher read an approved book to a class of 30+ and you’re the only one with a complaint? Well, bless your heart but your tribe isn’t here in MoCo; lucky for you there are tons of places where they’re likely to be: Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, the list goes on.
Here are the books. It starts in Pre-K. https://drive.google.com/file/d/13hfUAJ05fAh_Lw-m8O98YxIuvXRIRS3N/view?usp=drivesdk