Policy & Politics
Bill Would Require Nebraska Schools to Provide Sex Education
January 12, 2011
On Friday, state Sen. Brenda Council introduced a measure she said was prompted by soaring STD rates in Douglas County, which includes Omaha. LB 192 would require all school districts in the state to provide age-appropriate and medically accurate sex education beginning in the 2012-13 school year. The bill calls for the provision of comprehensive sex education, which includes abstinence instruction as well as information on contraceptives and the risks of STDs and pregnancy. Parents or guardians could submit a written request to opt their child out of the class. Council said the county has some of the highest rates of STDs in the nation, and that is "unacceptable."
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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