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Dixon: Schools are teaching elementary schoolers sex-related content

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Republican candidate for governor Tudor Dixon said Tuesday that younger students are being exposed to sexually inappropriate books in schools. Dixon held an event in front of the state Capitol.

She said, if elected, she would work with the Legislature to ban curriculum that deals with sexual orientation or gender identity from kindergarten through the third grade.

“We believe schools need to get back the basics of teaching kids how to write, read or do math. (applause) Michigan’s education system is failing too many kids on those core tasks.”

Dixon did not offer instances of Michigan schools offering sex- or gender-related lessons at those grades. Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s campaign had no immediate comment.

Rick Pluta is the Capitol Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He is heard daily on WCMU's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.