Harvey Milk is the subject of a 6th grader's school report, and a potential ACLU lawsuit. Image: amazon.com
Sixth grader Natalie Jones was surprised when she got called into the principal's office to discuss a Power Point presentation she'd developed for a school project. After all, her project was about a well-known state politician, an historical figure, in fact, whose May 22 birthday was recently designated a "day of significance" in California.
Theresa Grace, principal of Mt. Woodsen Elementary School, which Natalie attends, decided that before Natalie's fellow sixth graders could learn about Harvey Milk's life and death, they'd need permission from their parents. She cited a district policy that requires parents give written permission before their children are taught about sex. But Natalie didn't want to teach her fellow students about sex, she wanted to share what she knew about Harvey Milk.