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Kansas Lawmakers Hear Testimony on Bill to Ban Sex Ed without Parent Consent

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 Kansas lawmakers consider a bill that would require parental consent before students are taught sex education.

     The bill would create an opt-in program rather than opt-out,   and the measure would mandate that schools allow parents to look at sex-ed curriculum  before making that decision.

Talking to area resident at Meadowbrook mall most favored keeping an opt out option but not all.

"Nope. No opting out they need to learn," says Nathan Deplue. Who also  says there's too much teen pregnancy.

But  state lawmakers are hearing from some who say parents should get to see a sex-ed curriculum before students take a class.

And other  area residents agree.

Pittsburg mom Tabatha Reding says, "I have six kids. I really would like to see what they're teaching them before  they even are taught anything."

Brook Kendall says, “My parents actually  did opt out because they did not get to look at the material  before.”

Fredonia mom Paula Hutton likes the idea of looking at curriculum and says, “When they offered it years ago from school,  supposedly we got a little preview and  an article and they said they would answer questions.  So, yes  some people don't want their children informed as much.”

Hutton says her school used to have parents grant permission to participate which is what the bill would require.

But most schools give parents a chance to simply opt out

And many want that option.

Chad  Nolan says,  "if  a parent doesn't want sex education to be taught to their child they want it to be taught  at home they should have that right. "

Blake Woellhof says of the opt-out and review, “I think that's a good option to have because they are your kids. You should be able to decide what they look at and don't look at during school time.”

Pittsburg  middle school students learn about human growth and development  at this age.  And classes on puberty happened from 4th through 6th grade.

And with sexuality in many movies and on television,

many say as long as  given the opt out option,  it is  still  important  for facts about  sex education  tobe avto beble in schools.

Shannon Talent says, "In this day and age, yes, I do.  But I think the  parents need to  be aware  and the kids should be aware cause it goes on all the time.The blunter the better.  You know that's the only way your gonna learn. These are consequences of your actions, bam there it is. "

Galena high school offers a chapter on sex education during freshman health classes.  The principal says one or two students opt out each quarter.

The house education committee still has to vote on the measure before it advances to the full house.

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