In the midst of a brewing controversy over sex education in Arizona schools, Gov. Doug Ducey’s task force that aims to examine ways to better protect children from sexual abuse had its second meeting.
An inspector general’s report on the mental health of migrant children in federal detention found multiple shortcomings in how officials cared for children in custody last fall, with significant trauma and worsening mental health problems.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman is punching back at House Speaker Rusty Bowers, who on Saturday called her “a radical” for wanting to teach medically accurate sex ed in schools and today said her proposal was tantamount to “teaching my kids how to masturbate.”
The mounting furor in conservative circles over comprehensive sex education could place Republican leaders at the Capitol cross-wise with recommendations made by Gov. Doug Ducey’s task force to protect children from sex abuse.
Arizona Speaker of the House Rusty Bowers told parents at an education forum Saturday that the Democratic state schools chief is a “radical” and that Planned Parenthood has the “business plan of hell” in part because the organization advocates for sex education in public schools.
Mesa Mayor John Giles said he has spoken to friends, neighbors and strangers – including many conservatives – who he said support universal background checks on gun purchases, particularly after a string of mass shootings last month.
A task force created by Gov. Doug Ducey that aims to look into cases of childhood sexual abuse and help guide lawmakers on possible changes to state laws involving victims in Arizona had its first meeting Thursday afternoon.
The City of Glendale has reversed an earlier decision to deny a workers compensation claim to one of its firefighters with cancer that had ignited a confrontation between the city and Sen. Paul Boyer, R-Glendale.