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Indiana Legislature Now Approves Opt-Out Bill Just the other month, an Indiana House committee rejected a bill that would make sex ed opt-in, versus opt-out. Since then, the state Senate has approved a bill that would allow parents the opportunity to review the sex ed curriculum and, if they so desire, opt their kids out… Read more »

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Parents in San Diego, Other Parts of California Protest Sex Ed Program Parents are protesting the San Diego Unified’s sex education program, saying that it’s too graphic, and not age appropriate for school-aged children. The curriculum has three different levels, for sixth grade, eight grade, and high school, during which students learn about gender identification,… Read more »

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Indiana House Panel Rejects Opt-In Bill The other week, we reported that a law that would require parents to opt their kids in to sex ed was inching closer to reality in Indiana. Since then, an Indiana House committee has rejected the proposed bill, though parents are still able to opt their kids out of sex ed… Read more »

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Ontario’s Sex Ed Curriculum at Stake in Upcoming Election Patrick Brown, the former leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, recently stepped down in the wake of multiple allegations of sexual conduct. Looking to fill his shoes is candidate Doug Ford, who has made the province’s sex ed curriculum a part of his platform…. Read more »

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Taipei Parents’ Associations Cast a Critical Eye on Sex Ed Books In Taipei, the National Alliance of Presidents of Parents’ Associations—in addition to several other local parents’ associations—gave ratings to a selection of junior high and high school sex education textbooks intended for use in the spring semester. Their ratings were based upon whether they… Read more »

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Kentucky Bill Proposes That Sex Ed Start in Fourth Grade House Bill 80 proposes that school districts throughout Kentucky make mandatory age-appropriate sex education for 4th- through 12th-graders, with the coverage of topics ranging from the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases to premarital abstinence. If this piece of legislation were to pass, the Kentucky Board… Read more »

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Schools in India Will Incorporate Transgender Issues into Sex Ed In New Delhi, the Department of Education has announced that it will incorporate transgender issues into mandatory sex and relationship education classes. These changes will go into effect for all primary and secondary schools beginning in September 2019. Schools in St. Louis Officially Moving Past… Read more »

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Wisconsin School District Looks To Update Curriculum, Receives Push-Back In Wisconsin, the Neenah Joint School District was considering changes to a sex ed curriculum that hasn’t been updated in over a decade. The curriculum as it stood was abstinence-based. The school board has since voted to approve changes that include proper condom use and gender… Read more »

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 School in Missouri Forced to Halt Sex Ed Classes One mother in Missouri took to Facebook to complain about her son’s middle school when she discovered he’d started learning from a sex ed curriculum she considered to be age-inappropriate…without her ever being given the chance to opt out. After word spread, the school was forced… Read more »

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Thrive St. Louis Program Continues Draw Fire from Locals Throughout the past year, we’ve shared stories out of St. Louis about push-back against the abstinence-focused Thrive program. The controversy continues with the circulation of a petition asking Lindbergh Schools’ Board of Education to remove the program from the district and replace it with a more comprehensive… Read more »

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Michigan Senator Pushes for Affirmative Consent Sex Ed Bill In Michigan, Democratic Senator Curtis Hertel Jr., is sponsoring a bill that would require schools that already teach sex education to include information about the importance of asking for consent. Hertel believes affirmative consent is important because of the way in which the onus too often… Read more »

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Sex Ed Class at University in China Becomes Most Popular Class At China’s Wuhan University of Technology Huaxia College, a new elective titled “Sexual Health and Culture” has become the hottest course on campus. Some say the popularity of this class only underscores the need to reform China’s sex ed system, and to provide students with… Read more »

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Forest Hills, Michigan, Public Schools Pull the Plug on Abstinence-Only Curriculum In Michigan, Forest Hills Public Schools has announced that it is ceasing its abstinence-only curriculum. The new curriculum will be abstinence-based, and will include a lesson on contraception. CNN Runs a Documentary Series on Sex Ed in America Last week, CNN debuted a documentary… Read more »

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Schools in Los Angeles Testing Out New Sex Ed Lessons This year, the Los Angeles Unified School District is testing out new sex ed lessons for fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade students. This is being done in anticipation of a new health textbook that the state’s Board of Education is working on right now, and the… Read more »

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Queensland High School Draws Fire for Displaying Adult Toys Alongside Other Sexual Health Paraphernalia A high school in Queensland, Australia drew fire from parents and, eventually, education officials after displaying adult toys alongside condoms and sexual health brochures. The target audience was students ages 14 and 15. Parents took to social media to complain, and… Read more »

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Parents in Victoria, Australia Shocked Over High School’s Push of Abstinence-Focused Sex Ed Parents of students at Officer Secondary College were displeased upon receiving an email promoting abstinence as part of the school’s Respectful Relationships curriculum, a state government initiative aimed at stamping out domestic violence, and which is also designed to challenge gender stereotypes… Read more »

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U.S. Senators Reintroduce Bill To Expand Sex Ed Programs A group of U.S. Senators has reintroduced a bill that would significantly expand sex ed programs, ensuring federal funding for programs that are “evidence-based, age appropriate, medically accurate, and culturally appropriate.” Called the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act (REHYA), it would establish stricter criteria for sex… Read more »

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 Parents in San Diego Continue to Protest Sex Ed Curriculum We’ve linked in the past to stories of parents in the San Diego Unified School District calling for a suspension of the present sex ed curriculum. The unrest continues, and parents in the district have created an online petition calling for the program’s suspension. At… Read more »

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Trump’s Proposed 2018 Budget Favors Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Doing what he does best, sexologist Justin Lehmiller gives a breakdown of how Trump’s proposed 2018 budget would provide more funding to abstinence-only sex ed programs than ever before. Check out the numbers here. Georgia Public Schools Continue to Field Sex Ed Complaints In Gwinnett County, Georgia, parents, students,… Read more »

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Abstinence-Only Programs Rebrand Themselves With The Term ‘Sexual Risk Avoidance’ With plans to renew funding for abstinence-based sexual education programs looming, those behind such programs are attempting an image rebranding, renaming themselves sexual risk avoidance programs. Such linguistic wordplay is an attempt to project an image of public health promotion. Salon has a great write-up… Read more »