Planned Parenthood under fire at school board meeting

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By HERB SWETT
For the Keizertimes

Get Planned Parenthood out of the classroom, 19 audience members urged the Salem-Keizer School Board on Tuesday.

Planned Parenthood has been involved in teaching health classes in Salem-Keizer schools, and the 19 spoke of different experiences, some personal, that prompted them to argue that it was giving students the wrong messages. No one spoke in defense of the organization.

William Steinmetz of Salem urged people to check out the Planned Parenthood website and asked, “Why haven’t letters been sent to parents, allowing them to opt out of the program?”

Lisa Learn of Salem spoke of some problems in her early life and said the board should look closely at what Planned Parenthood is doing, especially advising on sexual activity, abortion and contraception.

“There is a better way to protect children,” she said.

Lauren Jayes of Salem said she knew a former Planned Parenthood official who quit the organization after deciding that its real objective was money rather than women’s health. She said she found that employees in better standing with the group were those who provided more abortions.

The board took no action on the matter. It came under “audience communications” and was not specified on the agenda.

In other business, the board:

• Saw Leslie Stoddard and Bob Murrell honored, in the Spotlight on Success portion of the meeting, as Volunteers of the Month for their academic help for Whiteaker Middle School students.

• Proclaimed Wednesday of this week as Education Support Professionals Day. Earlier in the meeting, Jay Reed of Keizer, vice president of Education Support Professionals, thanked the board for what it had done for classified personnel.

• Heard Eduardo Angullo, representing the Salem-Keizer Coalition for Equality, urge more attention for minority students.

Personnel matters the board approved included:

• Contracts, for employment as temporary full-time teachers, for Katherine Woodley, first grade, Clear Lake Elementary School; Julie Fuller, third grade, English for speakers of other languages, Kennedy Elementary School; and Amber Sweeney, art, Whiteaker.

• A contract, for employment as a first-year probationary full-time teacher, Adrian Ackerman-Harvie, Spanish, Claggett Creek Middle School.

• Retirement of Theodore Davis as a computer education teacher at Claggett Creek.

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