This whole discussion of NYC mandatory sex education got me thinking. What are the state policies on sex education in all states? As it turns out, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures website, all states are “somehow involved in sex education for public schoolchildren” (“State Policies“).
As of February 2011, NCSL states:
- 21 states and the District of Columbia require public schools to teach sex education (including HIV education);
- 35 states and the District of Columbia require students receive instruction about STIs and HIV/AIDS;
- 17 states require sex education curricula to be medically accurate and/or age appropriate. State policies vary in their determination of “medically accurate;” some require that state health departments review curricula, while others require that the facts taught come from “published authorities upon which medical professionals rely.”
- 37 states require school districts to allow parental involvement in sexual education programs;
- Three states require parental consent before a child can receive instruction;
- 35 states and the District of Columbia allow parents to opt-out on behalf of their children.
“State Policies on Sex Education in Schools.” NCSL Home. Dec. 2011. Web. 24 Mar. 2012.