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Support for Comprehensive Sex Ed in Kansas

Rachel Hart,
Reproductive Freedom Project
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June 5, 2006

Remember the NPR piece I posted last week about ab-only and the school board in KS? Well, The Witchita Eagle is reporting a new poll showing support for comprehensive sex ed in the state? Here are some highlights from the article.

Also by a wide margin, a majority of respondents rejected a move by conservative board members — still pending — to adopt abstinence-only guidelines for sex education classes. Instead, by 2-to-1 ratio, respondents preferred a safe-sex curriculum that includes information on birth control.

“Definitely the kids need to know some things. I had fifth-grade kids that were already experimenting,” said Nancy Varneke, 66, a retired Wichita elementary teacher.

“Naturally it should come from the parents, but that’s not always going to happen,” she said. “They need to know about abstinence. They certainly need to know about AIDS.”

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