Malcolm State Senator Ken Haar's LB 619 would require all school districts in the state to offer sexual health education as part of their curriculum
Malcolm State Senator Ken Haar's LB 619 would require all school districts in the state to offer sexual health education as part of their curriculum. Senator Haar says along with standard sex education the bill includes the impact of alcohol and drug use on decision making, social situations, peer pressure and STD's.
Ken Haar, Nebraska State Senator, Malcolm; "young people."
Students would be excused from the class if their parents objected and parents also have full access to all the materials taught in the class. A hearing on the bill is scheduled for today. (Tuesday.)
A public hearing will be held today on a bill that would require all school districts to offer a sexual health education course. Malcolm State Senator Ken Haar introduced the bill that states instruction and material shall not promote bias against race, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity.
Haar; "sort of thing."
Senator Haar says general sex education would also be taught in the class along with STD prevention, peer pressure, social situations and alcohol and drug use. Parents could excuse their children from the class and they also have access to all the materials.
Malcolm State Senator Ken Haar is defending his bill, LB 619, that would require all school districts to teach a sexual health education class that goes beyond "just the mechanics of sex". It includes peer and social pressure, STD's, alcohol and drug use and its impact on making decisions. Senator Haar says he is not trying to make the government responsible for a parent's responsibility but more needs to be done to insure the state's young population is informed.
Haar; "leads to poverty."
The Nebraska Department of Education must approve the curriculum and students could be excused if their parents object to the materials contained. A hearing on the bill is scheduled for today. (Tuesday)
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