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State drops sex education complaint against Dietrich teacher

Months after the case of Tim McDaniel drew national and international media attention, the case is now closed.

In March, four parents had filed complaints against the veteran science teacher in rural Dietrich High School; one complaint focused on McDaniel’s use of the word “vagina” in a sex education class.

The state’s Professional Standards Commission “determined that there were not sufficient grounds upon which to pursue discipline,” Education Department spokeswoman Melissa McGrath told the Times-News in Twin Falls Thursday.

Nonetheless, McDaniel told The Times-News that he won’t teach about the human reproductive system in biology class this year.  “It’s sad because the kids need it, but I don’t need the headaches,” he said.

Here’s a link to a previous blog post on the flap.

Kevin Richert is a reporter and blogger at Idaho Education News (idahoednews.org). Kevin is a former Statesman editorial page editor, with 27 year's experience in Idaho journalism.

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