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Comprehensive sex ed bill headed to the Senate

Posted at 1:31 PM, Feb 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-20 15:31:35-05
Bill on ‘comprehensive sexual education’ is headed to the Senate

COLORADO – After several readings, amendments, and votes, the House bill concerning ‘Comprehensive Sexual Education’ is now moving to the Senate after the third House reading passed Tuesday.

HB19-1032 clarifies the requirements for public schools that offer comprehensive sexual education and bans abstinence-only education.

Schools could still teach abstinence, but would it need to be included with other sexual education curriculum, requiring schools to talk about LGBT relationships and sexual experiences.

Current law provides schools with a comprehensive sexual education grant program.

HB19-1032 amends certain provisions of the grant program including requiring the Department of Public Health and Environment to submit an annual report concerning the outcome of the program and would require rural public schools or schools that do not currently offer comprehensive sexual education to receive priority when selecting grant applicants.

The bill provides a general appropriation of at least $1 million annually for the grant program.

The bill also prohibits the state board of education from waiving the content requirements for any public school that provides comprehensives sexual education.

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