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Michigan Sex-Ed Laws

Updated: Mar 23

Sex Education Advisory Board (SEAB)

According to MCL laws 380.1507 any school that chooses to teach sex education

"including family planning, human sexuality, and the emotional, physical, psychological, hygienic, economic, and social aspects of family life. Instruction may also include the subjects of reproductive health and the recognition, prevention, and treatment of sexually transmitted disease."

must establish a SEAB which provides among other things the right for parents to 'Opt Out'. We are investigating to see how many of Michigan schools are in violation of this law.

SEAB Investigation

GSI is investigating the schools in Michigan in conjunction with our attorneys, The investigation is focused on the apparent violations of MCL 380.1507 (SEAB).

Among other items a school district that chooses to engage in sex education must:

  • Establish a Sex Education Advisory Board - the school may NOT offer this instruction unless a legal SEAB is established by the School Board

  • Include Parents on the SEAB

  • Limit all Sex Education to specific times and locations

  • Provide Parents the ability to review curriculum prior to education

  • Provide Parents the ability to excuse their student 'Opt Out'

SEAB Violations and Complaint Process

If your child has been exposed to sexual education in your school in violation of the law The state has established a 'Complaint Process' in cases of violations. This includes:

  • Filing a complaint with the superintendent or local administrator

  • Administration shall investigate the complaint within 30 days

  • Administration shall provide a written report of the investigation

  • If 1 or more violations have occurred the district will take corrective action within 30 days

  • If not corrected there is an appeal process

  • If not corrected financial penalties can be assigned

Parental Rights in Education

It is the natural, fundamental right of parents and legal guardians to determine and direct the care, teaching, and education of their children. The public schools of this state serve the needs of the pupils by cooperating with the pupil's parents and legal guardians to develop the pupil's intellectual capabilities and vocational skills in a safe and positive environment.

380.1137 Powers of parents and legal guardians; policies or guidelines. Sec. 1137.

  1. In recognition of the rights of parents and legal guardians, the board of a school district, public school academy, university school, or intermediate school district shall ensure that a parent or legal guardian responsible for the care and custody of a pupil enrolled in the school district, public school academy, university school, or intermediate school district may do all of the following:

  2. Review the curriculum, textbooks, and teaching materials of the school in which the pupil is enrolled at a reasonable time and place and in a reasonable manner.

  3. Be present, to a reasonable degree, and at reasonable times and subject to reasonable restrictions, controls, and limits, to observe instructional activity in a class or course in which the pupil is enrolled and present. As used in this subdivision, "instructional activity" does not include testing.

  4. The board of a school district, public school academy, university school, or intermediate school district may adopt reasonable policies or guidelines under this section. Those policies or guidelines shall not unreasonably prevent the exercise of the rights set forth in subsection (1) and shall not create an unreasonable obstacle to teaching or learning, or to administering or maintaining proper discipline, in a school or school program. If a board adopts policies or guidelines under this subsection, the board shall make the policies or guidelines available to the public."

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