Comprehensive Sex Ed Now Mandatory for California's Middle and High School Students

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New legislation signed by Governor Jerry Brown requires California students in grades 7-12 to take sexual education classes unless excused by their parents. The new curriculum, set to go into effect on January 1, will include instruction on HIV prevention, sexual assault, intimate partner violence and sex trafficking. It will also require educators to "affirmatively recognize that people have different sexual orientations." We discuss what the new law will mean for teachers, parents and students.


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