Newspaper article The Florida Times Union
Board OKs Curriculum for Sex Ed
The Duval County School Board voted 7-0 early today to approve a
new comprehensive health education curriculum, including its
hot-button sex education component.
"Wow!" board Chairwoman Cheryl Donelan said after the vote was
taken. "This is a real accomplishment and I appreciate
everyone's hard work."
The board amended the seventh-grade curriculum to include an
optional abstinence pledge.
Though the School Board seemed headed for a rousing endorsement
of the curriculum, the speakers who came before them earlier
last night were divided on the issue.
Some told the board they were going too far, endorsing what one
woman called an "ungodly" curriculum. Others said they weren't
going far enough, failing to be realistic about teenage sexual
The comprehensive abstinence-based health curriculum covers
topics from basic hygiene to birth control to AIDS.
Consensus on the issue was a long time coming.
The new curriculum was backed by organizations from the
Christian Coalition and Planned Parenthood. Both groups were
represented last night, speaking in favor of it.
A lawsuit, filed in 1992 by Planned Parenthood and a group of
local families, focused on Teen-Aid, the seventh-grade
curriculum which does not cover the use of contraceptives. …