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The Birds and the Bees in the Beehive State

The Salt Lake Tribune’s Lisa Schencker does a nice job explaining what recently passed legislation will mean for sex education instruction in Utah’s public schools. (For more on the debate, check out The Educated Reporter.)

The new law, which hasn’t yet taken effect, will make it optional for Utah schools to teach sex ed. And those that do will have to follow a so-called “abstinence-only” curriculum (although contraception can be mentioned in certain circumstances).
What’s being taught in your local schools? How often do you hear from parents or community leaders concerned about the sex ed curriculum? Do your state standards prohibit, discourage or encourage discussion about sexual orientation?

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