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Tempe school district puts sex ed rumors to rest

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TEMPE, Ariz. -

There was so much mis-information surrounding Planned Parenthood's role in a controversial sex education that the Tempe Union High School Superintendent issued a statement on the school website.

Then on Monday, Alliance Defending Freedom issued a statement saying Planned Parenthood might be going in to schools to teach courses, that's simply not true. They did however give a presentation Tuesday evening to a packed meeting room as the district's sex education curriculum committee met for the first time. 

There were many making sure the curriculum was consistent with the new district policy. But the controversy surrounded the nights only presenter, Vicki Hadd-Wissler, director of education for planned parenthood.

"I was asked to see how they align with the national sexuality education standards." said Vicki Hadd-Wissler.

But Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative Christian group doesn't want planned parenthood involved in sex ed curriculum.

"I have a concern about planned parenthood serving in any kind of advisory capacity." said Natalie Decker, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom.

Hadd-Wissler said she was invited to the meeting. District officials say she invited herself.

"She is actually presenting one of several programs to be reviewed by the committee, there will be several" said Linda Littell, TUHSD executive director of community relations.

FOX 10 asked parents whether they had an issue with someone from planned parenthood being a presenter at the meeting.

Marci Beaudoine a parent said "didn't bother me at all, I think it might have been less controversial if they hadn't been presenting but maybe not, maybe the topic itself might have been controversial anyway."

While some parents found the presentation informative others were concerned.

"I'm part of the community and I'm very concerned about the presentations planned parenthood has in the schools" said Rosie Villgas-Smith a parent.

A former student, Jerin Hodge said "well everybody has the right to their own opinion and it's interesting to see the different perspectives."

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