Bill Summary for H 185 (2023-2024)
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AN ACT TO CLARIFY REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND SAFETY EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS IN PUBLIC SCHOOL UNITS.Intro. by Torbett, Blackwell, Zenger, Wheatley.
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Amends GS 115C-81.30(a), which requires local school administrative units to provide a reproductive health and safety education program starting in the seventh grade, to specify that this education cannot start before the seventh grade. Amends GS 115C-218.85 to prohibit charter schools from providing instruction on, and GS 115C-238.66 and GS 115C-239.8 to ensure regional schools or lab schools do not include any material covering, reproductive health and safety education addressed in GS 115C-81.30 before the start of the seventh grade.
Additionally amends subsection (c) of GS 115C-81.30, which requires parents and legal guardians to be given an opportunity to review the objectives and materials prior to student participation in programs relating to the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, the avoidance of out-of-wedlock pregnancy, or any reproductive health and safety education program. Requires local boards of education to adopt policies to require parents and legal guardians to consent to the student's participation in any or all of the programs before the student may participate (under current law, boards are required to adopt policies to provide opportunities for parents and legal guardians to consent or withhold consent to the student's participation in any or all programs).