Governor Pete Ricketts hosts a townhall in Gering

He opposes sex education standards proposed by the Nebraska State Board of Education
NBC Nebraska News at Ten
Published: Jul. 16, 2021 at 12:04 AM CDT
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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (KNEP) - Ricketts addresses residents at the Gering Civic Center for his topic called “Protect Our Kids And Schools Scrap The Standards”.

Ricketts said he is in opposition to a proposal of health education standards in consideration by the Nebraska State Board of Education. They include teaching first graders gender identity, third graders sexual orientation and sixth graders about transgenderism.

“Well when I first read the standards I was shocked and appalled that what the State Board of Education was putting in these proposed standards on sex education,” said Ricketts. “They are age inappropriate they’re controversial something that should be talked by parents and these standards just really need to be strapped.”

Ricketts said the standards do not mention anything about a family involving a heterosexual relationship. The proposals had no input from parents and the state medical officer should have been involved.

“A lot of these topics are non scientific they are not about the biology of reproduction they’re about non scientific topics like for example gender being assigned at birth is factually not accurate this is not true,” said Ricketts. “That’s an example of how the standards are not only scientific but in some cases misleading.”

Ricketts said residents can contact the Nebraska State Board of Education, their state senator, or the local school board. The proposals can be found on Section 7 at

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