Montana Open Meeting Law
Were you surprised to hear that in 2010, the Helena School district was on the road to establishing a sex education curriculum that had first grade children learning that people can love others of the same gender, and by second grade they would learn about unrealistic media portrayals of what it means to be male and female, to be in love, and about what marriage is? ( See page 40-45 of the curriculum here)
For two years, the Helena School Board secretly revised its health curriculum, and as part of that effort, they were revising their sex education program. The sub-committees were stacked with “professionals” but strangely didn’t include any parents.
The question is, why not?
Instead of consulting parents, they drew their expertise from organizations such as SEICUS - The Sexuality Education and Information Council of the United States. Sounds official doesn’t it? It’s not. It’s a private organization started by the former medical director of Planned Parenthood.
And where did this so called “expert” advice lead the Helena School Board? Right down the politically correct path to Planned Parenthood’s door.
What is more frightening than the changes in the sex education program is the fact that page four of this document speaks to educating the “WHOLE CHILD”.
A simple search on the internet for the Whole Child will help you understand that this new curriculum wasn’t just about sex education, it was about implementing a program tied to the United Nations and teaching our children to be good “global citizens.” No one is talking about that either? Why not?
The Helena story is a perfect example of why getting involved in public meetings is crucial if we are to turn things around in our communities, our state and our country.
The Montana Constitution requires open meetings so that the public can participate and keep informed about what our representatives and local officials are up to.
The first section of “The Montana Open Meeting Act” sums up the reasons why the open meeting and public participation requirements of both the Montana Constitution and Montana Statutes were established, saying:
The legislature finds and declares that public boards, commissions, councils, and other public agencies in this state exist to aid in the conduct of the peoples’ business. It is the intent of this part that actions and deliberations of all public agencies shall be conducted openly. The people of this state do not wish to abdicate their sovereignty to the agencies which serve them. Toward these ends, the provisions of this part shall be liberally construed. (Section 2-3-201 MCA)
For those who think this is a new concept, it should be noted that this section was adopted in 1967 and has not been amended since. Similarly, the requirement set out in Section 7-5-2125 MCA that all meetings of the Board of County Commissioners be open to the public has been on the books unchanged since 1895.
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