Omaha district to release updated sex education materials

March 7, 2018

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha school district will soon release information on materials that will be used in sex education classes.

Millard Public Schools officials are in the final phases of updating the sex education curriculum, the Omaha World-Herald reported . The district has already adopted a new framework that dictates what health classes will cover from prekindergarten through high school.

“We already have the framework for what the curriculum needs to be,” said Mike Pate, president of the Millard school board. “The only thing we’ll be looking at are what materials will be used to support the curriculum and the framework.”

Different publishers can often take different approaches to the same topic, so selecting materials can be an important part of implementing new curriculum.

The proposed textbooks, videos and other materials will be available for public inspection next month. District staff will recommend materials to the school board after the public review.

The materials will cover topics including human growth, development and sex education.

The board said it’s committed to teaching a “pro-abstinence” sex education curriculum. The framework calls for teachers to highlight the inadequacies and ineffectiveness of contraceptives in an effort to encourage abstinence. Teachers wouldn’t be allowed to demonstrate how to use family planning devices.

The curriculum will also avoid discussions of gender identity, after Omaha Public Schools’ decision to include the topic in its curriculum sparked debate.

The Millard framework also states that teachers won’t discuss abortion.

The new curriculum could be implemented for the 2018-19 school year.


Information from: Omaha World-Herald, http://www.omaha.com

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