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Education Policies: Administrative Rules

Sexuality Education Policies: Administrative Rules 1 
 
STATE
MANDATED
OPT-IN/OPT-OUT2
REVIEW BOARD3
Alabama
Yes4
Opt-out
Does not specify
Alaska
No
Does not specify
Does not specify
Arizona
No
Opt-in5 and Opt-out6
Mandates
Arkansas
No
Does not specify
Does not specify
California
Yes4
Opt-out
Does not specify
Colorado
No
Opt-out
Does not specify
Connecticut
Yes7
Opt-out
Does not specify
Delaware
Yes
Does not specify
Mandates
Florida
No
Opt-out
Does not specify
Georgia
Yes
Opt-out
Does not specify
Hawaii
Yes
Does not specify
Does not specify
Idaho
No
Opt-out
Mandates
Illinois
No8
Opt-out
Does not specify
Indiana
Yes4
Does not specify
Mandates
Iowa
Yes
Opt-out
Does not specify
Kansas
Yes
Does not specify9
Does not specify
Kentucky
Yes
Does not specify
Does not specify
Louisiana
No10
Opt-out
Does not specify
Maine
Yes
Opt-out
Does not specify
Maryland
Yes
Opt-in11 and Opt-out
Mandates
Massachusetts
No
Opt-out
Mandates
Michigan
Yes4
Opt-out
Mandates
Minnesota
Yes
Opt-out
Does not specify
Mississippi
No
Opt-out
Mandates
Missouri
Yes4
Opt-out
Does not specify
Montana
Yes
Does not specify
Does not specify
Nebraska
No
Does not specify
Does not specify
Nevada
Yes
Opt-in
Mandates
New Hampshire
Yes7
Does not specify
Does not specify
New Jersey
Yes
Opt-out
Does not specify
New Mexico
Yes7
Opt-out
Mandates
New York
Yes8
Opt-out
Mandates
North Carolina
Yes
Opt-in and Opt-out
Mandates
North Dakota
No
Does not specify
Does not specify
Ohio
Yes12
Opt-out
Does not specify
Oklahoma
Yes7
Opt-out
Does not specify
Oregon
Yes
Opt-out
Does not specify
Pennsylvania
Yes4
Opt-out
Mandates
Rhode Island
Yes
Opt-out
Does not specify
South Carolina
Yes
Opt-out
Mandates
South Dakota
No
Does not specify
Does not specify
Tennessee
No13
Opt-out
Does not specify
Texas
No
Opt-out
Mandates
Utah
Yes
Opt-in
Mandates
Vermont
Yes
Opt-out
Allows
Virginia
No
Opt-out
Mandates
Washington
Yes4
Opt-out
Mandates
Washington, DC
Yes
Opt-out
Does not specify
West Virginia
Yes7
Opt-out
Does not specify
Wisconsin
Yes4
Opt-out
Mandates
Wyoming
No
Opt-out
Does not specify
1 Guttmacher Institute, State Policies in Brief: STI/HIV Education (New York: Guttmacher Institute, as of 1 March 2009), <http://www.guttmacher.org/statecenter/spibs/spib_SE.pdf>.
2 Opt-in and opt-out policies are same for sexuality education and STD/HIV/AIDS education unless otherwise noted.
3 “Review board” refers to a board on the local, not state, level.
4 STD/HIV/AIDS education is mandated.
5 Applies only to sexuality education classes.
6 Opt-out is only permitted for STD/HIV education.
7 Only human growth and development, disease prevention, and AIDS education are mandated.
8 Only HIV/AIDS education is mandated.
9 The Kansas Health Education Standards recommends that school districts create parental permission standards, but they are not mandated to do so.
10 Sexuality and HIV/AIDS education prohibited until sixth grade, except in Orleans Parish where it is allowed beginning in third.
11 Opt-in is required for middle and high school elective class.
12 STD education is mandated.
13 Family life education, including STD/HIV education, is mandated in any county in which the pregnancy rate is higher than 19.5 pregnancies per 1,000 females ages 15–17.
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