Idaho State Profile Fiscal Year 2008
Idaho received no federal funding for abstinence-only-until-marriage programs in Fiscal Year 2008.
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In addition, the program should give youth “the scientific, psychological information for understanding sex and its relation to the miracle of life.” It must also include “knowledge of the power of the sex drive and the necessity of controlling that drive by self-discipline.”
According to the Idaho Content Standards of Health, by the end of the 12th grade, students should be able to “assess the consequences of sexual activity (unplanned pregnancy, STDs, emotional distress).”
Parents or guardians wishing to excuse their children from sexuality education must file a written request to the school board. The school board will then supply the parent with necessary forms to remove the child from the class. This is referred to as an “opt-out” policy.
See Idaho Statutes 33-1608, 33-1609, 33-1610, 33-1611, and Idaho Content Standards of Health.
SIECUS is not aware of any recent legislation regarding sexuality education in Idaho.
Idaho’s Youth: Statistical Information of Note
· In 2007, 42% of female high school students and 42% of male high school students in Idaho reported ever having had sexual intercourse compared to 46% of female high school students and 50% of male high school students nationwide.
· In 2007, 4% of female high school students and 7% of male high school students in Idaho reported having had sexual intercourse before age 13 compared to 4% of female high school students and 10% of male high school students nationwide.
· In 2007, 82% of high school students in Idaho reported having been taught about AIDS/HIV in school compared to 90% of high school students nationwide.
· Idaho was eligible for $208,264 in federal Title V abstinence-only-until-marriage funding in Fiscal Year 2008.
· The Title V abstinence-only-until-marriage grant requires states to provide three state-raised dollars or the equivalent in services for every four federal dollars received. The state match may be provided in part or in full by local groups.
· Idaho, however, chose not to apply for these funds due to the extraordinary restrictions placed upon how the money must be spent. Therefore, the state does not match funds nor does it have organizations supported by this type of federal money.
· There are no CBAE or AFLA grantees in Idaho.
Idaho did not receive abstinence-only-until-marriage funding in Fiscal Year 2008.
Adolescent Health Contact
Kara Stevens, Manager
Environmental Health and Injury Prevention Section
Bureau of Community & Environmental Health
Department of Health and Welfare
450 West State Street, 6th Floor
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: (208) 332-7319
Newspapers in Idaho
This refers to the federal government’s fiscal year, which begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. The fiscal year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends; for example, Fiscal Year 2008 began on October 1, 2007 and ended on September 30, 2008.
 Unless otherwise cited, all statistical information comes from: Danice K. Eaton, et. al., “Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance—United States, 2007,” Surveillance Summaries, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 57.SS-4 (6 June 2008), accessed 4 June 2008, <http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/yrbs/index.htm>. Note: Idaho did not participate in the full YRBS.
 SIECUS has identified this person as a state-based contact for information on adolescent health and if applicable, abstinence-only-until-marriage programs.
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