Group of 30 state senators voices opposition to proposed health education standards

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Thirty Nebraska state senators are sending a message to school boards across the state. They say they are opposing the Department of Education's proposed new health education standards.

The first draft of those standards was released in March. It details what topics they suggest children should learn at each grade, including subjects like gender identity. Some of the state senators argue the subject matter is inappropriate for children.

The lawmakers join a growing group against the standards. They say despite three months of feedback from parents, the Nebraska Department of Education has not been responsive to their objections and concerns.

They're now expressing support for a resolution for local school boards to retain control over the content of their health curriculums.

According to the national sex education standards, the purpose is to create a dialogue about sex education and to promote education in public schools.