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Sex Ed at the 81st Lege

By Jordan Smith, March 20, 2009, News

Senate Bill 1100/House Bill 1694: (Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, and Rep. Mark Stra­ma, D-Austin) "The Texas Prevention Works Act" would require school districts to notify parents of the actual content of sex-education classes and would require that information taught in sex ed be medically accurate.

SB 515/HB 741: (Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, and Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio) "The Education Works Act" would require schools to teach medically accurate and age-appropriate information about sex, sexually transmitted infections, and contraceptives. The bills also mandate that comprehensive life skills and problem-solving curriculum be included in sex education.

SB 1076/HB 1567 (Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, and Rep. Mike Villarreal, D-San Antonio) would require schools to teach scientifically accurate information and prohibit schools from discouraging the use of contraceptives by teens who are already sexually active.

SB 283 (Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Lewisville) would require school health advisory councils to meet at least four times each year and to submit at least one report per year to district officials.

HB 2923 (Rep. Jessica Farrar, D-Houston) would prohibit public schools from discriminating against students based on sexual orientation.

HB 1371 (Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, D-Austin) would prohibit the state from accepting any federal funding for abstinence-only sex ed.

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