6 resources for teachers, students, and families to support instruction in the classroom and at home. Take a product tour of a Houghton Mifflin program. The March issue looks at the challenges facing foster children and foster parents, some advice from seasoned lawmakers, a caution about pipes before digging, thoughts from the Iowa House speaker and much more. All states are somehow involved in sex education for public schoolchildren.
HIV education must be medically, factually or technically accurate. See table on medically accuracy laws. 38 states and the District of Columbia require school districts to allow parental involvement in sexual education programs. Four states require parental consent before a child can receive instruction. 35 states and the District of Columbia allow parents to opt-out on behalf of their children. Why Is Sexual Education Taught in Schools?
47 percent of all high school students say they have had sex, and 15 percent of high school students have had sex with four or more partners during their lifetime. Though the teen birth rate has declined to its lowest levels since data collection began, the United States still has the highest teen birth rate in the industrialized world. Roughly one in four girls will become pregnant at least once by their 20th birthday. Teenage mothers are less likely to finish high school and are more likely than their peers to live in poverty, depend on public assistance, and be in poor health. Young people ages 15 to 24 represent 25 percent of the sexually active population, but acquire half of all new STIs, which amounts to 9. 8 million new cases a year.
2 million adolescent females are infected with at least one of the most common STIs. 35 percent of teens ages 14 to 19 have HPV. The box allows you to conduct a full text search or use the dropdown menu option to select a state. HB 156 Requires local school boards to adopt policies to promote the involvement of parents in the school district’s education program, in consultation with parents, teachers and school administrators. Among other requirements, the policies must allow parents to object to and withdraw a child from an activity, class or program. SB 1020 Amends existing law to allow school districts to provide sex education instruction unless a parent provides written permission for a student to opt out of instruction.
Requires that school districts provide sex education that is medically accurate and age and developmentally appropriate in grades kindergarten through 12. HB 2410 Amends existing law to allow school districts to provide sex education instruction unless a parent provides written permission for a student to opt out of instruction. A new definition is established to include HIV and relevant types of hepatitis in the STI definition. SB 1056 Requires each public school that offers programs regarding human sexuality, including family planning, pregnancy, or sexually transmitted infections prevention, including the prevention of HIV and AIDS, to provide comprehensive, medically accurate, and factual information that is developmentally and age appropriate. HB 406 Requires age-appropriate sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention education in kindergarten through grade 12. Also provides that professional learning and in-service training may include programs on sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention.
HB 595 Amends existing sexuality health education law to specify additional requirements for information that helps students form healthy relationships and communication skills, as well as critical thinking, decision making and stress management skills, and encourages students to communicate with adults. Allows written permission by parental or legal guardian to opt out of sexuality education. HB 2199 Requires parental consent for sexuality education and provides that sexuality education materials will be available for parental review. Also requires the boards of education of each school district to adopt policies and procedures related to sexuality education, including prohibiting the distribution of materials to any student whose parent has not consented. SB 2062 Requires every city, town, regional school district, vocational school district or charter school with a curriculum on human sexuality to adopt a written policy ensuring parental or legal guardian notification of the comprehensive sexual health education provided by the school, the right of the parent to withdraw a student from instruction and the notification process to the school for withdrawal.