Arkansas House committee shoots down bill that would allow public schools to offer sex ed courses

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(4/3/19) An Arkansas House committee has defeated a proposal that would allow public schools to offer comprehensive health courses to students.

Democrats wanted to update the classes to reflect what they say are the real issues facing students today.

The education department’s curriculum would include suicide prevention, substance abuse, tobacco use and diet but the sticking point was pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease prevention.

The department doesn’t require stand-alone sex education courses. 

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