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Feb 19, 2013 7:04 PM by Andy Koen

Colorado house passes human sexuality education bill

DENVER - Lawmakers in Colorado want to give teachers and administrators at public school clearer guidelines about what must be taught in high school sex education classes. The state house passed House Bill 1081 Tuesday. The Comprehensive Human Sexuality K-12 Education Act is sponsored by Denver Democrat Rep. Cristina Duran.

When the current sex education law was passed in 2007, it required abstinence education be taught along with pregnancy and disease prevention. However, the language of the law lacked specific state standards that school districts and administrators should meet.

HB 1081 adds language that requires curriculum be "evidence-based, medically accurate, age-appropriate, culturally sensitive, and comprehensive."

It also specifies that culturally sensitive curriculum include "resources, references, and information that are meaningful to the experiences and needs of communities of color; immigrant communities; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities; people with disabilities; and others whose experiences have traditionally been left out of sexual health education, programs, and policies."

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