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"For those with concerns over the book's handling of human sexuality, the book does not constitute the health curriculum -- it is a tool to assist the instructor," said Jim Morris, Fremont Unified School District superintendent.

"For those with concerns over the book's handling of human sexuality, the book does not constitute the health curriculum -- it is a tool to assist the instructor," said Jim Morris, Fremont Unified School District superintendent.

Community members say the book, “Your Health Today,” approved by the Fremont Unified School District Board of Education for ninth-grade health class, is “extremely inappropriate” for teens because it addresses sexual fantasies and sex games.

A petition signer identified as Thomas Lo wrote: “In a city with diverse ethnicity and religions it is highly advisable to have a committee with broad representation to review the textbooks on sex education before they are allowed to use. This is the only way to avoid dispute later that tarnishes the Board of Education’s reputation.”

Parents organizing the petition have called for the college-level book to be removed from all Fremont schools and are asking for the formation of a Health Textbook Selection Committee.

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