Just to clarify for those who are wondering. First, the bill requires the State
Board of Education to approve materials for instructing school personnel and
parents on child sex abuse. Schools are required to offer the training to their
personnel and to parents but giving it to school children is optional. Second,
the bill provides no funding to either the state board of education or to school
districts to implement the legislation. Where will the funding come from? It
costs money to develop curriculum materials and train people to deliver it. Yet
this is typical of our state legislature. Scream bloody murder when the federal
government creates unfunded mandates for the states while simultaneously
creating them for entities under their control.
If parental permission is required, most of the abuse will continue because most
of it occurs in the home.