News / Utah / 

Herbert: Parent-approved sex education classes OK

Herbert: Parent-approved sex education classes OK



This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says he doesn't oppose multi-track sex education classes in state schools as long as students have parental permission to hear the information.

Utah lawmakers held a public hearing Wednesday on a proposal to split sex education into two tracks: one that teaches abstinence and one that promotes it, but includes information about contraception. The second requires parental permission. Parents could also opt kids out of both courses.

Currently, contraception can be taught, but not advocated in sex education courses, leading some teachers to avoid the topic.

At a news conference Thursday, Herbert said parents should teach their kids about sex. But he says he has "no problem" with school-based programs if parental permission is granted.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Related Stories

SIGN UP FOR THE KSL.COM NEWSLETTER

Catch up on the top news and features from KSL.com, sent weekly.
By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

KSL Weather Forecast