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Curriculum--Sex Education


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State Status/Date Level Summary
CTSigned into law 06/2014P-12Sexual Abuse and Assault Awareness
S.B. 203
Requires the Department of Children and Families, in collaboration with the Department of Education and Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services, Inc. to identify or develop a state-wide sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention program for use by lo...

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LASigned into law 06/2014P-12Prevention of Teen Pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Diseases
H.B. 1068
Makes a declaration of purpose. Directs the state superintendent of education, the secretary of the department of children and family services, and the secretary of the department of health and hospitals to meet together at least twice annually to review and e...

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TNSigned into law 04/2014P-12Family Life Curriculum
S.B. 1940
Requires every LEA required to provide family life curriculum to provide the department of education and the state board of education with a list of the specific curriculum used to teach the family life curriculum; requires the report to include the contact in...

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ILSigned into law 08/2013P-12Abstinence and Contraception in Sex Education
H.B. 2675
Requires that any comprehensive sex education course in grades 6-12 include instruction in and that course materials place substantial emphasis on both abstinence and contraception for the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HI...

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NCSigned into law 07/2013P-12Health Curriculum/Preterm Birth
S.B. 132
Adds the instruction on preventable causes of preterm birth, including induced abortion as a cause of preterm birth in subsequent pregnancies to the school health education program on the and requires that charter schools also provide such instruction.
http://...

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LAPassed 06/2013P-12Sexual Health Education Programs
H.C.R. 90
Creates a task force to study and evaluate the effectiveness of sexual health education programs used throughout the state and other states. Directs the task force to submit a written report of findings, conclusions, and recommendations to specified legislativ...

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COSigned into law 05/2013P-12Comprehensive Human Sexuality Education
H.B. 1081
Defines "comprehensive human sexuality education" as medically accurate information about all methods to prevent unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases and infections, and the link between human papillomavirus and cancer, and other types of can...

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MTVetoed 04/2013P-12Defines Scope/boundaries of Sex Ed K-12
H.B. 239
Prohibits a child from receiving instruction about human sexuality unless that child's parent agrees in writing to allow the child to attend the instruction.
http://leg.mt.gov/bills/2013/billpdf/HB0239.pdf...

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WASigned into law 04/2013P-12Explaining Consequences for Conviction of Sexual Offenses Where the Victim is a Minor in Sexual Education
H.B. 1397
Requires the development of educational materials to be made available throughout the state to inform parents, students, school districts, and other interested community members about the laws related to sex offenses, including the legal elements of sexual of...

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TNSigned into law 05/2012P-12Sex Education
S.B. 3310
Provides that sex education shall be abstinence-centered. Prevents programs that promote or condone "gateway sexual activities," which are sexual activities that put the student at risk of pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases. Requires parental notificat...

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WISigned into law 04/2012P-12Partnership Between Parents and Schools to Promote the Optimal Health and Well-Being of Pupils
S.B. 237
Repeals provisions that encouraged boards to ensure that pupils were provided age-appropriate instruction in human growth and development. Replaced with provision to foster a partnership between parents and schools to promote the optimal health and well-being ...

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TNSigned into law 03/2012P-12AIDS-related Curricula
H.B. 2414
Requires the office of research and education accountability and the department of health to do studies on AIDS curricula. Directs department to survey other state health departments' AIDS public outreach and education programs.
http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bill...

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UTVetoed 03/2012P-12Health Education Amendments
H.B. 363
Defines "abstinence only instructional materials" and "human sexuality instruction or instructional program". Specifies that a local board or charter school governing board may, but is not required to, provide human sexuality instruction or instructional progr...

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NDSigned into law 05/2011P-12Health Curriculum Component on Sexual Health
H.B. 1229
Beginning July 1, 2012, each school district and nonpublic school is required to ensure that the portion of its health curriculum which is related to sexual health includes instruction pertaining to the risks associated with adolescent sexual activity and the ...

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MTVetoed 04/2011P-12Parental Control Over Student Participation
H.B. 456
Allows parental control over student participation in courses of instruction, assemblies, etc. that involve human sexual education. Requires districts to inform parents/guardians when such events will be held or taught. Prohibits districts from allowing any ab...

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MSSigned into law 03/2011P-12Abstinence-Only and Abstinence-Plus Education
H.B. 999
Requires local boards to implement abstinence-only or abstinence-plus sex-education policies by June 30, 2012. Requires state department of education to approve program curriculum and establish protocol to provude continuity in teaching the approved curriculum...

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VASigned into law 03/2011P-12Family Life Education
S.B. 906
Provides that any family life education curriculum offered by a local school division shall require the Standards of Learning objectives related to dating violence and the characteristics of abusive relationships to be taught at least once during middle school...

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WISigned into law 02/2010P-12Human Growth and Development Instruction
A.B. 458
The purpose of the statute on instruction in human growth and development instruction is to encourage all school boards to ensure that pupils in their districts are provided ageappropriate instruction in human growth and development. The Act provides that the ...

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ILSigned into law 08/2009P-12Teen Dating Violence
H.B. 973
Allows the Comprehensive Health Education Program in grades 8-12 to include instruction on teen dating violence. http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/96/HB/PDF/09600HB0973lv.pdf...

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HIVeto overridden: legislature has overridden governor's veto 07/2009P-12Sex Ed
S.B. 777
Requires sexuality health education programs funded by the state to provide medically accurate and factual information that includes education on abstinence, contraception and methods of disease prevention.
Bill text: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2009/...

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NCSigned into law 06/2009P-12Reproductive Health and Safety Education
H.B. 88
Removes the requirement that local school administrative units (LEAs) provide only abstinence until marriage education and requires LEAs to provide reproductive health and safety education in grades seven through nine; requires such education to include instru...

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TXBecame law without governor's signature 06/2009P-12Parenting and Paternity Awareness Program
S.B. 1219
At the district's discrection, authorizes a teacher of a mandated parenting and paternity awareness program in the high school health curriculum to modify the suggested sequence and pace of the program. http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/81R/billtext/pdf/SB0...

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TXBecame law without governor's signature 06/2009P-12Parenting Curricula
H.B. 3076
Authorizes districts to use in the middle school or junior high curriculum the parenting and paternity awareness (p.a.p.a.) program that is mandated for use in the high school health curriculum (http://www.tahperd.org/HOME_PDFs/papa_overview_wcontact.pdf). Per...

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NHSigned into law 05/2009P-12Teen Dating Violence
H.C.R. 7
This concurrent resolution urges the development of teen dating violence education policies in all schools in the state.
http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2009/HCR0007.html...

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NHSigned into law 05/2009P-12Commission on HIV
S.B. 45
Extends by one year the reporting date for the commission to review New Hampshire's statutes on HIV education, prevention, and control.
http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2010/sb0045.html...

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ORSigned into law 05/2009P-12Sex Education
H.B. 2509
Requires school districts to provide human sexuality education courses in all public elementary and secondary schools as part of health education curriculum; declares emergency, effective July 1, 2009. Chapter 213
http://www.leg.state.or.us/09reg/measures/hb25...

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WASigned into law 04/2009P-12Sex Education
S.B. 5629
Authorizes state agencies to apply for sexual health education funding for specified programs on abstinence, the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, and the prevention of unintended pregnancies; provides for the offer of unintended pregnancy preventio...

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GAAdopted 03/2009P-12Grant Programs
GAC 96-1-.01, .04, .05, .07
Establishes guidelines for the Juvenile Delinquency Prevention and Treatment grant program, the Abstinence Until Marriage grant program, the Juvenile Accountability Block Grant program, and the Caring Communities grant program.
Juvenile Delinquency Prevention ...

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VTSigned into law 03/2009P-12Comprehensive Statewide Approach to Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse
S.B. 13
Intended to implement the November 2008 Report of the Senate Committee on Judiciary's 34-Point Comprehensive Plan for Vermont's Sexual Abuse Response System. Puts an emphasis on prevention by implementing a comprehensive statewide approach to the prevention of...

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VASigned into law 02/2009P-12Benefits of Marriage
H.B. 1746
Adds the value and benefits of marriage for men, women, children, and communities to the list of topics to be covered in family life education curricula.
http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?091+ful+HB1746ER...

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VASigned into law 02/2009P-12Dissemination of Information on Family Life Education
H.B. 1980
Requires school divisions to include a detailed statement in the summary already required by law to be issued to parents and guardians to assist them in understanding the family life education program implemented in the school division, if the curriculum of th...

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WAAdopted 09/2008P-12SEX EDUCATION
WAC 392-410-140
Amends rules relating to sex education. Provides definition and requirements for providing sex education.
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/...

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LAIssued 07/2008P-12Abstinence Education
Executive Order 22
(Executive Order No. BJ 08-21) Directs the Department of Health and Hospitals and the Governor's Program on Abstinence to promote abstinence education with parents or legal guardians and to develop an aggressive campaign targeting adolescents ages 13-19 and pa...

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NHSigned into law 06/2008P-12Health Curriculum
S.B. 359
Updates the health education curriculum requirements to include instruction on the effects of alcohol and other drugs, child abuse, human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, and sexually transmitted diseases on the human system; requ...

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NHSigned into law 06/2008P-12
Postsec.
Community College
HIV Education
S.B. 395
Establishes a commission to review the state's statutes on human immunodeficiency virus education, prevention, and control.
http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2008/SB0395.html...

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CASigned into law 10/2007P-12Sex education
A.B. 629
Enacts the Sexual Health Education Accountability Act. Requires any program conducted by an outside agency at a publicly funded school, that provides education to prevent adolescent or unintended pregnancy or to prevent sexually transmitted infections and that...

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NCSigned into law 06/2007P-12Instruction in Lawful Abandonment of Newborn Baby
H.B. 485
Requires local boards of education to ensure that students in grades nine through twelve receive annual health instruction including information about the manner in which a parent may lawfully abandon a newborn baby with a responsible person.
http://www.ncga.s...

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LAEnrolled 06/2007P-12Evaluation of the Louisiana Governor's Program on Abstinence
H.C.R. 200
Requests the department of health and hospitals to provide for an evaluation of the Louisiana Governor's Program on Abstinence by an external, independent entity. Provides that the evaluation must include information on curriculum content, the extent of partic...

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TNEligible for GOVERNOR'S desk. 05/2007P-12Teaching Procedures re: "Safe Haven" Law
S.B. 293, H.B. 0234
This bill requires that the course of instruction in all public schools in grades 9 through 12 include instruction regarding the procedure for voluntarily surrendering an infant in Tennessee. This bill requires the state board of education to develop guideline...

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COSigned into law 05/2007P-12Science-based Sex Education
H.B. 1292
Concerns the adoption of science-based content standards for instruction regarding human sexuality. The standards are intended to help reduce the incidence of sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy, and abortion among teenagers, and for teen pregnancy preven...

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IASigned into law 04/2007P-12Human Growth and Development Curriculum
H.F. 611
Defines "age-appropriate" and "research-based." Directs the department of education to develop age-appropriate and research-based materials for districts about the dangers of sexual exploitation by means of the Internet, including specific strategies to help s...

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WASigned into law 04/2007P-12Sexual Health Education
S.B. 5297
By September 1, 2008, every public school that offers sexual health education must assure that it is medically and scientifically accurate; age appropriate; appropriate for students regardless of gender, race, disability status, or sexual orientation; and incl...

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UTAdopted 09/2006P-12Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Fund Distribution
R277-474
Deletes language referring to Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Fund Distribution and Reporting Requirements, since districts have not received these funds for some years and no longer use or promote teenage pregnancy prevention programs with state or federal funds...

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ILSigned into law 06/2006P-12Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection Act
S.B. 2455
Deletes provision that requires all sex education courses to advise pupils of the provisions of the Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection Act (325 ILCS 2/) and provide information about responsible parenting and the availability of confidential adoption services...

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GAAdopted 06/2006P-12Grant Programs
GAC 96-1-.01, .02, .04, .05
Clarifies rules regarding grants for juvenile delinquency prevention and treatment, Title V prevention, abstinence education and juvenile accountability block grants.

96-1-.01 Juvenile Delinquency Prevention and Treatment: http://rules.sos.state.ga.us/docs/9...

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WISigned into law 05/2006P-12Abstinence Education
S.B. 286
Provides that, if a district provides instruction in human sexuality, reproduction, or family planning, it must ensure that all course materials and instruction do all of the following:
1. Present abstinence from sexual activity as the preferred choice of beha...

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TNSigned into law 05/2006P-12Evaluation of Sex Education Programs
H.B. 3819
Concerns Education Curriculum; directs the comptroller's office of education accountability to evaluate the effectiveness of family life curricula in helping youth to abstain from sexual activities, prevent unwanted pregnancies and prevent sexually transmitted...

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WISigned into law 04/2006P-12Instruction in Marriage and Parental Responsibility
A.B. 309
Provides that if a school board provides instruction in the areas of human sexuality, reproduction, family planning, AIDS, prenatal development, childbirth, adoption, available prenatal and postnatal support, and male and female responsibility, the board must ...

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MAIn HOUSE. Placed on the Orders of the Day. 03/2005P-12Abstinence Education Project Funds
H.B. 44
Relates to the use of abstinence education project funds....

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CASigned into law 08/2004P-12Comprehensive Sexual Health and AIDS Prevention
A.B. 1925
Requires, if instruction in comprehensive sexual health education and HIV/AIDS prevention will be taught by outside consultants, or if that instruction is to be given in an assembly by guest speakers, a school district to notify the parent or guardian of a pup...

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MITo governor 06/2004P-12Sex Education Instruction
S.B. 943
Revises requirements for instruction in sex education; requires teaching abstinence relative to HIV/AIDS issues; requires emphasis on marriage when teaching about sexual intercourse; requires teaching that adoption is a positive option for teen mothers; requir...

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MITo governor 06/2004P-12Sex Instruction Penalties
H.B. 5478
Revises penalties related to instruction in sex education and provides for complaint process.

http://www.michiganlegislature.org/documents/2003-2004/publicact/pdf/2004-PA-0166.pdf...

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COSigned into law 05/2004P-12Education and Human Sexuality
H.B. 1375
Concerns limitations on education regarding manifestations of human sexuality. http://www.leg.state.co.us/clics2004a/csl.nsf/fsbillcont3/6B239FC2932F199287256E1A00062311?Open&file=1375_enr.pdf...

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VASigned into law 05/2004P-12Family Life Education Program
H.B. 1015
Relates to the Family Life Education Program in grades K through 12; provides additions to the curriculum include steps to take to avoid sexual assault, the availability of counseling and legal resources and, in the event of such sexual assault, the importance...

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NESigned into law 03/2004P-12School Districts
L.B. 172
Eliminates a requirement for school districts to provide abortion information....

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MISigned into law 08/2003P-12Required Content of Sex Education Courses
H.B. 4401 (multiple provisions)
Requires sex education instruction to include information clearly informing pupils that having sex or sexual contact with an individual under the age of 16 is a crime punishable by imprisonment, and that one of the other results of being convicted of this crim...

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ILSigned into law 07/2003P-12Sex Education
H.B. 2298
Requires sex education materials and instruction to advise pupils of the provisions of the Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection Act, responsible parenting and the availability of confidential adoption services. http://www.legis.state.il.us/legislation/billstatu...

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CASigned into law 09/2002P-12Educating Students about surrendering their child
A.B. 2817
Requires sex education courses to advise pupils of specified provisions of law relating to parents and others who voluntarily surrender physical custody of a minor child 72 hours old or younger at a hospital emergency room or other designated location without ...

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IDAdopted 03/2002P-12
Postsec.
Character-Based Sex Education
HCR 57
Stating findings of the Legislature and requesting that sexuality education in tax-supported public schools, universities and
colleges shall promote moral development....

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VASigned into law 03/2002P-12Family Life Education
H.B. 1206
Adds instruction in the benefits of adoption as the preferred choice in the event of an unwanted pregnancy to the family life education curriculum guidelines. In addition, the measure clarifies that the Board of Education, in establishing requirements for appr...

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CASigned into law 09/2001P-12Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Program
S.B. 1058
Reenacts and recasts provisions of law establishing a Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Program targeted at pupils in elementary and secondary schools and would make those provisions inoperative on July 1, 2003 and would repeal them as of January 1, 2004....

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AZSigned into law 04/2001P-12Sex Education/Sexual Conduct
S.B. 1222
Requires school districts to integrate into existing sex education curricula; relates to sexual conduct with a minor for pupils in grades 7 through 12; allows school districts to develop their own curricula relating to the instruction of laws relating to sexua...

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UTSigned into law 03/2001P-12Sex Education
S.B. 75
Provides that the State Board of Education shall approve instructional materials for use in health, physiology, hygiene, and prevention of communicable disease curricula that local school boards may choose to adopt; provides local schools with an option of usi...

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UTVetoed 03/2000P-12Health/Sex Education
H.B. 411
Relates to public schools; modifies the instruction requirements pertaining to community and personal health, physiology, personal hygiene, and the prevention of communicable disease curriculum taught in grades eight through 12; relates to abstinence education...

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