Associated Press (04.25.12) - Thursday, April 26, 2012
In an 8-8 vote on Wednesday, the House Education Committee
deadlocked on a proposal to require sex education in Louisiana
public schools. HB 802, by Rep. Patricia Smith (D-Baton
Rouge), would require "age appropriate" sex education
beginning in the 2013-14 academic year. The courses would
cover abstinence, contraceptives, and STDs, and parents would
retain the right to opt their children out. Several members
were absent Wednesday; Smith plans to bring up the bill for
another committee hearing during this legislative session.
State law currently allows school districts to offer sex
education if they wish.