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 
. 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.