Requires that school districts provide sex education that is medically accurate and age and developmentally appropriate in grades kindergarten through 12.
Though the teen birth rate has declined to its lowest levels since data collection began, the United States still has the highest teen birth rate in the industrialized world.
Roughly one in four girls will become pregnant at least once by their 20th birthday.
A 2011 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) survey indicates that more than 47 percent of all high school students say they have had sex, and 15 percent of high school students have had sex with four or more partners during their lifetime.
Among students who had sex in the three months prior to the survey, 60 percent reported condom use and 23 percent reported birth control pill use during their last sexual encounter Sexual activity has consequences.
Teenage mothers are less likely to finish high school and are more likely than their peers to live in poverty, depend on public assistance, and be in poor health.
Their children are more likely to suffer health and cognitive disadvantages, come in contact with the child welfare and correctional systems, live in poverty, drop out of high school and become teen parents themselves.Allows the Department of Education to make modifications to ensure age-appropriate curricula in elementary school.Requires the Department to maintain a public list of curricula that meets requirements of law and to create standards for instructor qualifications.Provides that a student may be excused from the portion of a program or class upon written request by the student's parent or guardian.HB 406 Requires age-appropriate sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention education in kindergarten through grade 12.The most recent data available, in 2000, indicates the estimated direct medical costs for treating young people with sexually transmitted infections was .5 billion annually, excluding costs associated with HIV/AIDS.