Education Policies: Select Topics
SEXUALITY EDUCATION POLICIES – SELECT TOPICS*
*Unless otherwise noted, where included in the chart, “Stress” and “Cover” signify how the curriculum must address select topics; “Mandated” and “Banned” signify what the state policy dictates; and “Positive” and “Negative” signify how issues of homosexuality and sexual orientation must be addressed in the curriculum.
1 Unless otherwise specified, the same is required of both sexuality education and STD/HIV/AIDS education.
2 Specifically refers to states that say heterosexual marriage must be promoted. Does not include all states that have an abstinence-only-until-marriage approach.
3 Must reference state laws that outlaw sodomy. However in 2003, the United States Supreme Court handed down a decision in Lawrence v. Texas which declared state laws criminalizing sodomy to be unconstitutional.
4 Must refer to homosexuality and/or same-sex sexual activity as a public health risk.
5 Must state that homosexuality is not acceptable to the general public.
6 Cannot promote homosexuality as a positive lifestyle.
7 Cannot give students information about abortion or refer them to abortion services.
8 Must respect all sexual orientations.
9 Cannot portray abortion as an alternative to family planning.
10 Cannot refer students to abortion services.
11 Applies only to HIV/AIDS education.
12 If school board chooses to teach instruction in contraception, it can only be discussed in the context of failure rates.
13 “Students may receive information about where to obtain contraceptives and abortion referral services only in accordance with a local board’s policy regarding parental consent.”
14 Applies only to sexuality education classes.
15 Must instruct students that “engaging in homosexual activity or promiscuous sexual activity is now known to be primarily responsible for contact with the AIDS virus.”
16 “Contraceptive information must be given in the context of future family planning.”