The report notes that the district has decided to adopt the “LGBTQ-inclusive reading list” as a mandatory part of its English language arts curriculum.

“While several parents requested a policy to opt out of these books, a recently updated policy by the school board insisted that students will be required to ‘engage’ with these materials,” the report states, adding that “parents will no longer be required to be informed on which books will be included on the lists.”

The policy states “Students and families may not choose to opt out of engaging with any instructional materials, other than ‘Family Life and Human Sexuality Unit of Instruction’ which is specifically permitted by Maryland law. As such, teachers will not send home letters to inform families when inclusive books are read in the future.”

Conservative group Moms for Liberty Montgomery chapter president Lindsey Smith commented that “MCPS keeps painting these books as rainbow unicorn which they are not.”

Smith told reporters that her three-year-old child was assigned a book called “Pride Puppy” along with a book teaching the alphabet containing images of men in drag under “Q for Queen.”

Smith described the move by the school as part of a wider agenda to “push to indoctrinate young kids on sexual identity and push this gender ideology on young kids, who just want to play dress up, play and learn.”

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