Oklahoma House Defeats "Opt In" Sex Education Measure
March 13, 2008
By a one-vote margin, the Oklahoma House on Wednesday rejected a measure that would have required parents to provide written permission in order for their children to receive sex education instruction in public schools.
The bill's author had argued the measure was needed so parents would know in advance that their children were to receive sex education and have the opportunity to decline their permission. "They have the ultimate authority as to whether or not the child will attend," said Rep. George Faught (R-Muskogee). "Children are born to parents, not the state." Faught said his own teenage children are being home-schooled.
"This is a bad bill," said Rep. Ed Cannaday (D-Porum), a former educator. "We're trying to micromanage an area that we have no business."
After the measure failed by a 51-50 vote, Faught held it for reconsideration; this allows him to ask the House to vote on it again.
03.13.2008; Tim Talley
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