Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (02.24.10) - Thursday, February
On Wednesday, the governor of Wisconsin signed into law a
measure that requires public schools that offer sex education
to include information on reducing the risks of STDs and
"It is very important in my mind that the teaching be done
consistent with these standards [in the new law] - that it be
based on accurate information; that it be age appropriate; and
that we not have political ideology make the decision on what
is taught to our young people, but rather scientific facts and
good, basic knowledge," Gov. Jim Doyle said.
How many school districts will have to change curricula is not
known. However, the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District
will have to end its abstinence-only program to conform with
the new law.
All Republican lawmakers voted against the legislation when it
passed the Assembly in November and the Senate last month.
They said the bill infringed on the prerogative of local
officials to set school standards.
Democrats blamed abstinence-only sex education for causing
high rates of teen pregnancy and STDs.
Under the law, sex education classes must include information
about preventing STDs, the benefits and downsides of the
various forms of birth control, and how to use condoms.
Students have to be taught how they can prevent STDs.
Parents can still opt their children out of sex education.
School districts that decide to drop sex education altogether
must notify parents of the decision.