|Senate Counsel & Research||State of Minnesota|
|S.F. No. 588 - Comprehensive Family Life & Sexuality Education Programs|
|Author:||Senator Sandra Pappas|
|Prepared by:||Ann Marie Butler Yunker, Senate Counsel (651/296-5301)|
|Date:||March 5, 2007|
Subdivision 1 [Definitions.] (a) defines "comprehensive family life and sexuality education" as education in grades 7 through 12 that:
(b) defines "age appropriate" as referring to topics, messages, and teaching methods suitable to particular ages of children.
( c) defines "medically accurate" as verified or supported by research.
Subdivision 2 [Curriculum Requirements.] (a) allows a school district to offer and independently establish curriculum and procedures for providing comprehensive family life and sexuality education to kindergarten through grade 6 students.
(b) requires a school district to offer and allows the district to independently establish curriculum and procedures for providing comprehensive family life and sexuality education to grade 7 though 12 students.
Subdivision 3 [Notice and Parental Options.] (a) states the legislature's intent to encourage pupils to communicate with their parents about human sexuality and respect a parent's right to supervise their children's education on such subjects.
(b) allows a parent or guardian to excuse their children from all or part of s comprehensive family life and sexuality education program.
(c) requires a school district to establish policies and procedures providing parents or guardians with reasonable notice of the following:
(d) requires a school district to have policies and procedures for reasonably restricting the availability of program materials from public view of students excused from the program.
Subdivision 4 [Assistance to School Districts.] (a) permits the Department of Education to offer implementation assistance to school districts. The Department may contract with a school district, or a school district in partnership with a local health agency or a nonprofit organization to establish eight regional training sites. The regional training sites provide training, resource staff, technical assistance, and funding for grants to school-based comprehensive family life and sexuality education programs to promote innovation, recognize outstanding performance, and promote replication of demonstrably effective strategies.
(b) states technical assistance provided by regional training sites must be in accordance with National Health Education Standards.
Section 2 [Appropriations.] appropriates $430,000 each year for comprehensive family life and sexuality education programs.
Section 3 [Repealer.] repeals Section 121A.23 (Programs to Prevent and Reduce the Risks of Sexually Transmitted Infections and Diseases.]
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