Montana Legislature

Jan 30, 2013 11:13 AM by Claire Anderson - MTN News

MT legislator wants to give parents "opt in" choice for sex education

HELENA - Montana State Representative Cary Smith (R-Billings) is looking for an overhaul in the state's approach to teaching human sexuality.

Smith's bill would require students to get their parent's written permission to attend any school program or class on the subject.

There is no curriculum in Great Falls Public Schools that requires parents to "opt in" for their child. The current policy for health education allows parents to take their children out of the program if desired.

"When it comes to our human growth and development/sex-ed curriculum, we also recognize the additional sensitivity of that and so we have actually called in policy specifically that they can opt out completely with no prejudice or any type of ramification on a students scores," Chris Olszewski, curriculum director for Great Falls public schools, said.

A similar bill was introduced in 2011, but it was not approved. Click here to view the text of HB 239.

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