Topic: Public Sex Education

Camp: Agreement / Education Is Important / Comprehensive Public / Public Sex Ed. Important / Abstinence Only

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Statement : A Boom in Abstinence-only Programs In 1996, President Bill Clinton signed into law the "welfare reform act," which appropriated $50 million in funds for school-based sex education programs that focused exclusively on abstinence as a means to prevent pregnancy and STD transmission. Since then, there has been an influx of published curricula as federal funding for abstinence-only education has shot up: $80 million in 2001, and $167 million in 2005. President Bush's proposed 2006 budgetproposed 2006 budget appropriates $206 million for these programs [1]. This is exciting news for most districts; it equates to free teaching materials. Yet any school choosing the "abstinence-plus" format will not receive any of this federal money.

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