Hillsborough County school board members had a heated discussion Tuesday about whether to apply for a sex education grant the Florida Department of Education received from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Florida is one of 19 states to receive the five-year grant, which offers a program called the Healthy School Project at no cost.
The school district currently has a human growth and development curriculum that begins in the fourth grade and concludes with a required course in high school that addresses topics like teen pregnancy, and HIV and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. Additionally, sixth-grade science students and high school biology students receive sexual health education in their classes.
The grant provides professional development and technical assistance to school districts and would put into place activities to help schools improve student health, prevent HIV and sexually transmitted diseases and gather county-specific data related to health education. The project also puts an emphasis on services to homeless students and gives students a health survey.