2019 Regular Session
To: Education; Public Health and Human Services
By: Representative Clarke
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 37-13-171, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO REVISE THE REQUIREMENT AND STANDARDS OF CURRICULUM TO BE USED IN PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICTS FOR THE TEACHING OF SEX EDUCATION; TO REMOVE THE REQUIREMENT THAT SUCH PROGRAM BE ABSTINENCE-ONLY OR ABSTINENCE-PLUS COURSE OF INSTRUCTION; TO PROVIDE THAT THE REQUIRED POLICY TO BE ADOPTED TO IMPLEMENT SEX EDUCATION SHALL BE COMPREHENSIVE IN NATURE AND PROVIDE MEDICALLY ACCURATE, COMPLETE, AGE AND DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE INFORMATION; TO REQUIRE POLICY TO BE AVAILABLE BY THE BEGINNING OF THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR; TO PRESCRIBE WHAT ELEMENTS SHALL NOT BE INCLUDED IN THE SEX EDUCATION CURRICULUM ADOPTED AND IMPLEMENTED BY SCHOOL DISTRICTS; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 37-13-171, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
37-13-171. (1) The local
school board of every public school district shall adopt a policy to implement * * *
sex education programs that:
(a) Provide the information and skills all young people need to make informed, responsible and healthy decisions in order to become sexually healthy adults and have healthy relationships;
(b) Provide information about the prevention of unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections (including HIV), dating violence, sexual assault, bullying and harassment; and
(c) Promote and uphold the rights of young people to
information in order to make healthy and responsible decisions
about their sexual health.
(2) * * *
the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, each public school district must
adopt a sex education curriculum that:
(a) Covers a broad range of topics, including medically accurate, complete, age and developmentally appropriate information about all the aspects of sex needed for a complete sex education program, including:
(i) Anatomy and physiology;
(ii) Growth and development;
(iii) Healthy relationships;
(iv) The prevention of unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV, through abstinence and contraception; and
(v) Protection from dating violence, sexual assault, bullying and harassment;
(b) Promotes educational achievement, critical thinking, decision-making, self-esteem and self-efficacy;
(c) Helps develop healthy attitudes and insights necessary for understanding relationships between oneself and others and society;
(d) Fosters leadership skills and community engagement by:
(i) Promoting principles of fairness, human
dignity and respect; and
(ii) Engaging young people as partners in their communities; and
(e) Are culturally and linguistically appropriate, reflecting the diverse circumstances and realities of young people.
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3) This section shall stand repealed
on July 1, 2021.
SECTION 2. Sex education programs with any of the following information shall not be adopted or implemented in Mississippi schools:
(a) Deliberately withhold health promoting or life-saving information about sexuality-related topics, including HIV;
(b) Are medically inaccurate or have been scientifically shown to be ineffective;
(c) Are insensitive and unresponsive to the needs of
survivors of sexual abuse or assault; or
(d) Are inconsistent with the ethical imperatives of
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2019.