The Department of Education is trying to find a better way to teach sex education in Pennsylvania.
According to an advisory issued by the department, sex education is not in compliance with Pennsylvania’s Sexually Violent Predators Prevention Act, which bans the teaching of “moral and ethical values of a sexual nature to children.”
The department’s Sex Educators Education Committee will present its recommendations to the Governor’s Office of Education and the Governor.
They will also be shared with Pennsylvania House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, who is the committee’s chairperson.
In Pennsylvania, it is illegal for schools to offer sex education without parental permission.
Schools must offer “sexuality-specific materials that are reasonably related to sexual acts and relationships,” and must provide “adequate sexual health education.”
If you or anyone you know is sexually assaulted, please call the hotline for free resources at 1-800-656-HOPE.