Ken Connor

The arrogance of the school board in Portland is breathtaking. By their decision, these officials maintain that they—rather than parents—know what is in the best interest of the parents' children when it comes to sexual health and well being. These know-it-all bureaucrats have, therefore, determined to dispense sexual aids and medication without the parents' knowledge or consent. But mark it down: those bureaucrats won't be the ones that have to make the tough decisions—financial, emotional and social—for the "tween" age child faced with unwanted pregnancy or a sexually transmitted disease who thought that a condom or pill was adequate insurance against such calamities. Nope, those decisions will fall back on the parents.

Parents in Portland need to get a grip. They need to take charge of their kids and control of their schools. The bureaucrats have run amok and need to be shown the door. Unless the parents begin to exercise leadership, they and their kids will be the ones who suffer.


Ken Connor

Ken Connor is Chairman of the Center for a Just Society in Washington, DC.