Last week, Michael Benjamin and Greg Pfundstein met with City Council Member Robert Jackson and the staff of the Coucil's education committee. They are going to review some curricula, and are open to the idea of holding hearings on the matter. But to do so, they will need to hear from parents and groups asking for hearings. So we are asking friends, supporters and members of the NYC Parents' Choice Coalition to contact CM Jackson's office, on your own behalf and on behalf of any organization you represent, asking for hearings to be held on the mandate. You can reach his office at 212-928-1322 or 212-788-7007 or email his director of legislative affairs at
Please spread the word to your friends, family, constituents, on your blogs, on your Facebook pages and Twitter accounts, etc.
Here is a sample script.
"As a parent/community leader, I am calling [or writing] to express my strong support for a City Council Education Committee hearing on the Education Department's implementation of the sex education mandate in its current form. While I agree with the goals of a sex education program, namely the reduction of unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections among teens, I find the material in the so-called 'comprehensive' curriculum offensive.
I, and many other parents, would prefer an alternative program which focuses on abstinence as the healthiest choice and encourages children to wait at least until they are adults before becoming sexually active.
I want parents to be able to opt their children out of inappropriate comprehensive sex education classes and into an alternative evidence-based abstinence-centered program more in line with common sense and community values and beliefs.
I respectfully ask Councilman Jackson to please hold a committee hearing. Thank you."
Please call or email immediately. Our children and families need your direct action.
Let us know when you have made your call or sent your email.