Revamping sex education standards for Colorado schools is on the table at the State Capitol.
Despite objections from Republicans who say the measures infringe upon local control, Democrats have advanced the proposal which calls for Colorado teachers to help promote safe sex.
The bill passed the house health, insurance, and environment committee on a 6 to 5 party-line vote.
The bill sponsor, State Representative Crisanta Duran, says one of the goals is to move beyond teaching students only about abstinence, and to inform them about sexually transmitted diseases and contraception as well.
We talked to a local parent who agrees with Duran.
"I am a parent, I'm a grand parent raising my grandson, and if the schools are able to help out with that, that's great because now a days you have to spend so much time with other things that you can miss things. they spend a lot of time focusing on other items, and not enough on sex education, so when kids are confronted with things they don't know how to act," said a Grand Junction parent, Pennie Pruitt-Loyd.
Because many school districts don't have the funds to implement comprehensive sex-education programs, the proposal would also provide a grant to help schools get federal money to expand instruction.
The proposed bill still needs to be voted on by the entire statehouse.
Other parents we spoke to seemed to be in favor of the proposal, saying that more education on safe sex can't hurt, but we got some different reactions on our Facebook page, where people said teachers shouldn't be allowed to teach kids about sex.
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