sex education

Columbus City Schools Board of Education
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A new $2.5 million grant will support and expand school-based health care services like sex education in Columbus.

Licking Heights High School freshmen take notes in a World History class taught by Amy Obhof..
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Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow the state's education department to set health and sex education standards for K-12 schools. However, it is meeting opposition from conservative groups.

The Standards For Sex Education

May 15, 2019
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Studies show that in some parts of the country, an increasing number of boys as young as 13 are having risky sex.

Improper -- or a lack of -- sex education in schools is part of the reason.

The costs are consequential. Risky sex can increase the incidence of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

Today on All Sides, current standards for sex education.

Quinn Robinson is only 18 years old, but she has already learned some hard lessons about the world. "It's scary being a trans person because I know there are people out there who just hate me for being myself," she says. "There's been kids who have approached me and say, 'Hey, you should burn in hell.' "

Robinson is a high school senior in Allendale, Mich., a small but growing town about 30 minutes outside Grand Rapids and smack dab in the middle of what's known as the state's "Bible Belt." Drive off the main road and you quickly find yourself in farm country.

Niraj Antani
Niraj Antani / Ohio House

A new bill has been introduced in the Ohio House that would require health classes cover fetal development and offer students information on where they can find prenatal care. But it doesn’t include other related information.

Rep. Christina Hagan
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Lawmakers call it a silent epidemic as an alarming number of children are sexually abused but don’t feel safe enough to ask for help.

Waylon Faulkner, a 12-year-old from Jersey City, N.J., is headed off to a sleepaway camp in upstate New York this summer.