Some people may think a five year old is too young for sex education. Administrators with Chicago Public schools do not.
Illinois schools that teach sex education will be required to provide information about birth control and sexually transmitted diseases — not just abstinence.
State lawmakers have passed legislation that would mandate schools that teach sex education in Illinois also would have to give students information about birth control.
Illinois’ top health official is pushing for broader sex education classes in the public schools, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
A proposal pending in Springfield would set new requirements in sex education classes.
Legislation that would have required contraception to be discussed along with abstinence in Illinois sex ed classes has failed in the state Senate.
Fewer teens and young adults are having sex, according to a national survey, and an Illinois nonprofit group says credit goes to improvements in health education.