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New sex ed curriculum ‘vaults California into a leadership role’

LA School Report | October 7, 2015

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By Jill Tucker

California kids will get one of the most rounded educations on sex and sexuality in the country under new legislation that advocates called a victory in providing information that could prevent disease and teen pregnancy as well as sex-based violence and prejudice.

The new mandate ensures that public school students get a comprehensive sex education, offered at least once in middle school and once again in high school. That means teaching about condoms and emergency contraception, abstinence and abortion, sexual consent, gender identity and sexual orientation.

Under the measure signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last week, individual parents can opt out, but schools cannot.

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