Heather Rooks, a newly elected, pro-parents rights school board member in Peoria, Arizona revealed to parents, the press, and the world at large that a radical left-inspired science curriculum is being considered by the Peoria Unified School District. A curriculum that foists the blatant claim that biological sex is not binary.
According to Fox News, with less than a month on the job as a member of the school board, Rooks leaked the contents of a proposed textbook that the district was considering for use in its high school. Rooks told reporters that she found the science curriculum alarming because it refuted the reality of binary biological sex.
“I mean, these are kids we're talking about. It's not adults making adult decisions. These are children. So their minds are… not developed completely yet,” Rooks told the outlet.
The proposed text shared by Nicole Solas of the Independent Women's Forum, and reported by Fox News, reads in part:
“The biochemical, physiological, and anatomical features associated with ‘males' and ‘females' are turning out to be more complex than previously realized, with many genes involved in their development. We now know that sex is not a binary state, with just two defined outcomes.”
The text continued, “Because of the complexity of the genes and proteins involved in sex determination, many variations exist. Some individuals are born with intermediate sexual characteristics, or even with anatomical features that do not match an individual's sense of their own gender (‘transgender individuals'). Sex determination is an active area of research that should yield a more sophisticated understanding in years to come.”
A loving grandmother found this while inspecting the new text books currently under review and sent it to Heather Rooks @ThePeoriaMom, a newly-elected, conservative school board member.
— Nicole Solas Domestic Terrorist! (@Nicoletta0602) January 20, 2023
Fox News reported that Rooks lambasted the publishers for pushing the transgender agenda on children. “I just don't think it should be in front of the kids,” she told them.
The Peoria Unified School District is proposing to the Board a staff travel request to the National School Social Work Conference
Workshop: Identifies the five central tenets of CRT essential for constructing a critical pedagogy/ framework to engage race & organize social change pic.twitter.com/jHpdaHW3aP
— Heather Rooks (@ThePeoriaMom) January 9, 2023
Every day, I will share a few of the workshops for the National School Social Work Conference that Peoria Unified wants to send their social workers to. pic.twitter.com/3hZoHtkna4
— Heather Rooks (@ThePeoriaMom) January 23, 2023
Rooks and running mate Devon Updegraff-Day made election headlines by making a series of records requests of the School district to expose the boards actions to Peoria parents. They were criticized in local press and by Democrat-backed candidates for the costs associated with fulfilling their requests over a 24 month period. According to The Peoria Independent, the requests regarding “programs related to diversity, inclusion, equity, sex education, transgender and LGBTQ+ issues” allegedly cost the district $300,000 and 4,600 hours of employee work. Conversely, if these records were public to begin with the cost to the district would have likely been negligible.