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Group that fought Nebraska sex ed standards forms PAC

November 12, 2021 GMT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Members of a group that led a push to scrap proposed statewide sex education standards that would have covered gender identity and sexual orientation have formed a political action committee.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that the Protect Nebraska Children Coalition made the announcement Thursday. Initially, the group will focus on school board races, but if it has enough resources, it may support candidates for other offices, said Katie McClemens, a director of the PAC.

The coalition organized around opposition to statewide sex education standards proposed in March by the Nebraska Department of Education. The group grew to more than 20,000 Facebook members.

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In September, state education officials halted plans for the new standards, which were initially hailed by advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth.

They were non-binding recommendations, so local schools could simply have ignored them. But opponents still railed against the proposal, arguing that the content was sexually inappropriate.

McClemens said that one of the best things to happen over the last year and a half is that parents and other stakeholders have gotten involved in school issues.

“They’ve reengaged in their children’s education to the point that they’re willing to mobilize, to take action,” she said.