On The Occasion Of National Family Sexual Education Month, Krueger Calls Upon State Senate To Pass Healthy Teens Act
The legislation (A.6619/S.5121) passed the Assembly in 2005 and 2006. It died in the Senate the first time and was held up by the Health Committee in the recent legislative session.
The program would enable school districts, school-based health centers, BOCES and community organizations to apply for grants to develop and implement programs that provide students with real sex education. Schools would be able to develop curricula that best suit their students' needs and:
- Include a strong parental involvement component encouraging family communication;
- Promote self-esteem and teach skills to make responsible decisions about sexuality including how to avoid sexual advances;
- Stress the value of abstinence while not ignoring the needs of those who have become sexually active;
- Provide medically accurate information about STI and pregnancy prevention including information about contraceptives.