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In May 2010, Planned Parenthood of Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties released a report that reflects the current status of sexuality health education curriculum taught in public high schools throughout the tri-counties. In California, schools that choose to teach sexuality health education must teach a comprehensive curriculum that meets the criteria of the California Education Code sections 51930-51939.

To ensure school districts are in compliance with the Education Code, Planned Parenthood of Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties conducted an audit of health textbooks, supplemental materials and curricula used in high school health education classes following methods established in an ongoing study initiated by Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties. Data was collected by district only, not by individual school or classroom. The results of the audit were published in a report, including a score card which assigned school districts a grade based how well the materials meet the requirements specified by Education Code sections 51930-51939. The report also highlights follow up steps and resources for parents, educators, and school administrators seeking to help their districts attain full compliance.

Planned Parenthood of Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties is committed to partnering with families and schools to provide youth with the information they need to make responsible and healthy decisions. In addition to offering a list of resources for materials and curriculum that meet the Education Code, Planned Parenthood of Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties offers classroom presentations, customized trainings and workshops, and consultation. Planned Parenthood of Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties is committed to providing comprehensive sexuality health education that gives teens the tools they need to delay parenthood and stay healthy while they pursue their long-term goals.

To learn more about the report, the Education Code criteria for comprehensive sexuality health education, and find local statistics about teen pregnancy and STI rates, visit www.publicschoolsproject.org.

 


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