Sex-Ed Bill Gets Preliminary Approval

A state house committee has approved a bill requiring public schools to teach a "comprehensive" sex-education curriculum. The measure bans abstinence-only methods and requires teachers to mention adoption and abortion when talking about pregnancy. Hundreds of people who oppose the measure protested Wednesday night.

"Gratification should be the name of the curriculum," one protester said. "They should stay out of sex, that belongs to the family and not to the school district."

Schools would be required to teach the mandated curriculum or not teach sex-ed at all. Parents could opt their kids out.

If the bill becomes law, millions of dollars in grant money would be set aside for schools that don't have sex education classes.

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