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The abstinence curriculum has been criticized by opponents as dissuading kids from having sex by focusing on contraceptive failure rates. The bill would allow students to be excused from the course with the written request of a parent or guardian.
Teen birth rates in Texas are among the highest in the country. According to a report from the U. Department of Health and Human Services, the teen birth rate among Texas women ages 15 to 19 was nearly 40 in 1, girls. The national birth rate in for teenagers of the same age was 22 births per 1, girls, according to the agency. The study found that the of school districts that do not teach sex education has increased to more than 25 percent in from 2. The group also found that another 58 percent of school districts took an abstinence-only approach to sex education last year.
Those districts did not include information about condoms or other forms of contraceptives. Currently, Texas high school students are not required to take a high school health class before graduation, but a school district may offer it as an elective. The school, which taught abstinence-only methods, attracted attention from critics who said the curriculum did not teach students about safe sex. In some parts of the state, researchers have found promise in pushing evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs in local school districts.
Programs can include abstinence-only methods, but may gradually increase the amount of information a student receives as they get older. Plastino said at least nine school districts in Bexar County have implemented evidence-based sex education programs into their curriculum, and the of teen pregnancies has ificantly decreased. Religious groups spoke against the curriculum, but staff members, students and the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District supported it. The birth rate four years ago for girls aged 15 to 19 in Bexar County was 51 percent higher than the national rate, according to Metro Health, which helps school districts implement the curriculum with a grant from the UT Health Science Center.
Wiley said he found that school districts often are afraid to address the issue of sex education in public schools. The curriculum stresses that abstinence is the only sure method to prevent pregnancy and STDs, Chancellor said.
Parents can opt out of the program on behalf of their children, Durand said. Information gathered from school districts under the Texas Public Information Act found that students are taught incorrect information about abortion, abstinence-only programs are littered with misinformation and few districts address health issues relevant to LGBTQ high schoolers. Texas Freedom Network recommended the State Board of Education adopt new health textbooks and lawmakers restore health education as a graduation requirement for high schoolers. Staff writer Alia Malik contributed to this article.
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