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Fla. Lawmaker Proposes Bill To Improve Sexuality Education Curriculum

Fla. Lawmaker Proposes Bill To Improve Sexuality Education Curriculum

December 10, 2015 — Florida Sen. Dwight Bullard (D) has filed a legislative proposal (SB 1056) that would require public schools in the state to provide more comprehensive sexuality education, News Service of Florida/CBS Miami reports.

According to NSF/CBS Miami, Bullard proposed the measure for the state's next legislative session, which begins January 2016. State Rep. Reggie Fullwood (D) has filed an identical proposal (HB 859) in the state House.

Current state law requires schools to focus sexuality education on abstinence. Under the proposed measure, schools would be required to include "medically accurate information about all methods of contraception and each method's effectiveness rate" in sexuality education classes. The measure cites the state's high rates of unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.

The bill would also allow parents to opt their children out of certain parts of schools' sexuality education curriculum (NSF/CBS Miami, 12/8).