New Mexico House Approves Health Education Proposal
February 26, 2003
The New Mexico House approved a measure Tuesday requiring state guidelines for public school health programs, including sex education. The legislation outlines the focus of "health and human development" courses for kindergarten through grade 12. The Department of Education would be required to provide "medically accurate health and human development information" to districts for use by teachers and must adopt guidelines for schools to use in implementing an "age appropriate curricula." Under the legislation, the curriculum in grades five through eight "shall outline and encourage discussion of the relative risks associated with sexual activity or abstinence and awareness of STDs and their prevention." In grades nine through 12, it states, "areas of instruction shall cover abstinence and refusal skills; contraceptive methods; communication skills; and STD prevention and treatment. The outcomes associated with pregnancy shall be included in the curriculum." The bill passed the House 61-2 and went to the Senate for consideration.Adapted from:
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