A coalition of groups have brought a lawsuit against the Clovis Unified School District in California, claiming their abstinence-only sex education program violates state law.
The lawsuit alleges the textbook used by the district informs high school students that respecting themselves, getting plenty of rest, going out as a group and practicing abstinence can prevent them from catching sexually transmitted diseases. The textbook, however, does not mention that condoms can prevent the spread of STDs.
A group of parents, physicians and the Gay-Straight Alliance Network are suing the Clovis Unified School District in California over an abstinence-only-until-marriage sex ed program.
The lawsuit alleges that the district is violating California law and putting teens’ health at risk by teaching students misinformation and denying them critical instruction about condoms and contraception.
A 2003 state law requires that sexual health education in public schools be comprehensive, medically accurate, bias-free and appropriate for students of all sexual orientations.
Ray Ferronato is a Gay-Straight Alliance Network youth leader and senior at Antioch High School in Antioch, California. Shaquille Carbon is a recent graduate from Northwestern High School in Northwest Baltimore, and is an active leader in the Baltimore Algebra Project and the Alliance for Educational Justice.
Equality California and the Gay-Straight Alliance Network have partnered with Assemblymembers Ricardo Lara and Besty Butler to ask that the Joint Legislative Audit Committee authorize an audit of California’s school districts to investigate the level of compliance with laws that protect students against discrimination, bullying and harassment.
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