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By Cameron Sheppard
WNPA News Service 

Senate passes bill requiring comprehensive sex-ed in public schools

Parents can choose to excuse their children from sex-ed courses

Series: WNPA | Story 27

Last updated 2/21/2020 at 4:22pm

A proposed law to require school districts to implement a comprehensive sexual education curriculum emphasizing healthy relationships and consent was passed after a 28-21 vote by the state Senate yesterday.

If signed into law, Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5395 would require every public school to offer evidence-informed, medically accurate, and age-appropriate sex education as an integral part of the curriculum for kindergarten through 12th grade by Sept 1, 2021.

The bill was first introduced in 2019 and drew vocal opposition from parents, as well as support during public hearings, hel...

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