Texas Sexual Education Policy : A Proposed Policy Change

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Texas Sexual Education Policy: A Proposed Policy Change Aneetta Alex GOVT 2306.0U2: State and Local Government University of Texas at Dallas Summer 2016 Texas Sexual Education Policy: A Proposed Policy Change Texas currently does not have mandated sexual education for students. In a deeply conservative state, sexual education is extremely taboo because many parents feel as though sexual education can promote sexual activity in young adults. When tracking the history of sexual education in Texas, it is evident that there is an overwhelming amount of programs that encourage abstinence as the only method of contraception. Although Texas does not require sexual education to be taught, it does have limitations as to what can be taught. Legally, sexual education programs have to stress abstinence as the primary method of contraception. When taught, it is not legally required that medically accurate information about contraception be taught. In addition to this, there is no law requiring sexual education to be culturally appropriate or unbiased and it is perfectly legal to promote religion while providing sexual education. Parents must be notified and have the option to refuse to suscept their child to sexual education. Additionally, any sexuality other than heterosexuality must be portrayed in a negative light in Texas as Texas law prevents sexual education from being inclusive of LGBTQ people. In 2014, Texas received over $5.1 million dollars in federal funding to

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