Battle Ground public schools eliminate sex ed requirement

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The school board voted 3-2 Monday

BATTLE GROUND, Wash. (AP) – The public school system in Battle Ground, Washington, has thrown out requirements that schools teach sexual health education.

The Columbian reports the school board voted 3-2 Monday to overhaul its internal sexual health education policy, eliminating requirements that the district teach sex ed unless the state requires it. As it stands, Washington law only requires that school districts teach about HIV and AIDS prevention. If districts do teach sexual health education, it must be comprehensive and compliant with state standards.

The decision ends more than a year of deliberation and discussion on the subject of sexual health curriculum, marked by heated testimony by parents who claim comprehensive sexual health education will promote promiscuity among teenage students.

Some people agreed with the vote while others said sex education is needed in schools.

“I’m a medical professional, I think it’s important,” said Aaron Johnson, a nurse. “I’ve seen the negative effects of not having proper sex ed in schools.”

Battle Ground Public Schools carried out a survey last year on changes to the curriculum. Nearly half of respondents indicated they would opt their kids out of sexual identity and gender orientation lessons if such a class was taught in school.

KOIN 6 News reporter Lisa Balick contributed to this story.

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