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Report: Most SC Schools Failing at Sex Education

7:36 PM, Jan 31, 2013   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Three out of four South Carolina school districts are failing to comply with the 1988 state law on how they should teach sex education, according to a report.

The new report, released in January, is part of study to see if South Carolina's public schools are in compliance with The Comprehensive Health Education Act (CHEA).

According to the report, "A Sterling Opportunity: 25 Years After the Comprehensive Health Education Act," by the New Morning Foundation, several Midlands school districts are not in compliance.

Emma Davidson of Tell Them says, "There's a lack of accountability that was built into the law in 1988, teachers who are responsible for teaching reproductive health education are not trained properly and kids are missing out on medically accurate information about reproductive health."

The 67-page report took 2.5 years to complete and it is the first of its kind. Researchers looked at every school district in the state and the majority of the districts are not in compliance with the 1988 law.

Davidson says, "Parents have this incredible voice to really demand that the law ask for more from their schools."

The report contains 10 different recommendations to improve sex education in South Carolina schools; however, in a statement over the phone, Education Department Spokesperson Jay Ragley says State Superintendent Mick Zais only agrees with one of the recommendations.

Ragley says that Zais believes that schools need to be accountable if they don't comply with the law.

As for Davidson, she and her organization will keep pushing for changes.

"We need the law to support the teachers they need to support their school boards and really lay out clear guidelines what needs to be taught, what needs to be reported, and how teachers need to be trained," said Davidson.

For more information on the report visit Tell Them's website at http://www.tellthemsc.org/site/PageServer?pagename=home_page 

For the full report visit http://newmorningfoundation.org/UserFiles/File/A%20Sterling%20Opportunity%20with%20Intro.pdf

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