Bill requiring schools to train parents on sex education passes in Senate

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 27 2013 2:33 p.m. MST

A bill requiring public schools to train parents to teach human sexuality in the home passed unanimously Wednesday in the Senate.

Stuart Johnson, Deseret News

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SALT LAKE CITY — A bill requiring public schools to train parents to teach human sexuality in the home passed unanimously Wednesday in the Senate.

SB39, sponsored by Sen. Stuart Reid, R-Ogden, would make the Utah State Office of Education responsible for developing and distributing health education curriculum to parents free of charge. Public schools also would offer parents face-to-face training on human sexuality instruction through seminars across the state.

Reid said the bill would provide an opportunity for parents to teach sex education where it should be taught — in the home.

"This is science but also partners with values that can't be discussed in school," he said. "This is first and foremost information that should taught in the home."

The bill is supported by the The National Parent Teacher Association, The Utah Eagle Forum, The Sutherland Institute and Planned Parenthood, among other groups.

The bill, which passed 25-0, now moves to the House.

Rachel Lowry

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