Houston Chronicle (09.13.12)
Some school districts in the Houston area are moving away from long-established abstinence-only sex education classes this school year. The Spring Branch and Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School Districts (ISD) are the most recent ones in the area to adopt an “abstinence-plus program.” Created by the University of Texas (UT) Prevention Research Center in Houston, the program consists of a 12-lesson curriculum that teaches about contraception, unplanned pregnancy, and condom use, in addition to abstinence. In Harris County, ten school districts and the KIPP charter school system have adopted or are adopting similar programs, as are districts in San Antonio, Plano, Austin, and Corpus Christi. This is part of a statewide trend that has prompted alarm among certain parents that kids are learning too much, too soon about sex. At a recent Cypress-Fairbanks ISD informational meeting, some parents expressed concern over the new content. However, Debra Hill, coordinator of secondary science at Cypress Fairbanks ISD, said that fewer than 10 parents out of more than 200 at the ISD meeting had doubts about the program. Parents have the choice of opting their children out of the class.