Set in 1980, The Sex Ed Chronicles recounts a young journalist’s fight to save a teacher’s career within the emotionally charged arenas of sex education and student free press rights in New Jersey’s public schools.
Greg Mandell, rookie reporter for the Ocean Republic, reluctantly accepts an assignment to cover the state’s public hearings on sex education and the Parent’s Alliance for Schools and Teachers (PAST), a statewide opposition group formed to stop sex education. PAST has influenced the election of three hundred like-minded candidates to school boards across the Garden State.
While on assignment, Mandell falls for Andi Gilardi, a popular history teacher up for tenure at Mandell’s alma mater, Averdell High School. PAST has accused Gilardi of manipulating her students to fight for sex education through their school newspaper and marked her as a “morally unacceptable” teacher—whose termination could advance their cause.