Report: Sex Education Shifts in Texas

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A new Texas Freedom Network Education Fund study shows including teaching about contraception with abstinence has increased during the past three years.

"It’s clear that more and more local school officials realize ignorance won’t protect our kids,” TFNEF president Kathy Miller said about the new report, 'Sex Education in Texas Public Schools: Progress in the Lone Star State.' "So now we’re seeing the adoption of common-sense sex education policies that deal with a real public health crisis and that polling shows most parents support.”

Texas has one of the highest teen birth rates in the nation, at No. 3, according to TFNEF.

The TFNEF report is based on an analysis of data collected by a Texas Education Agency survey of school districts this past spring.

With more than 1,000 school districts in the state, the analysis shows 25.4 percent of the 677 school districts responding to the survey used abstinence-plus curricula for sex education in the 2010-11 school year. Such curricula encourage teens to abstain from sex but also include medically accurate information about contraception.

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