Schools’ gender diversity program criticized

The gender identity program introduced this year in Oak Park’s three elementary schools triggered a parent backlash at the school district’s Aug. 20 meeting.

Students will learn about the issues surrounding gender diversity and why some children who demonstrate boy-girl behavior not consistent with previous norms are often victims of bully attacks.

But critics have said the lessons are tantamount to sex education and that school districts should not be advancing the notion of sexual fl...

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