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HF 2986

1st Engrossment - 86th Legislature (2009 - 2010) Posted on 03/11/2010 10:43am

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A bill for an act
relating to education; creating a responsible family life and sexuality education
program; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 121A;
repealing Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 121A.23.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

new text begin [121A.231] RESPONSIBLE FAMILY LIFE AND SEXUALITY
EDUCATION PROGRAMS.
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new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definitions. new text end

new text begin (a) "Responsible family life and sexuality education"
means education in grades 6 through 12 that:
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new text begin (1) respects community values and encourages family communication;
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new text begin (2) develops skills in communication, decision making, and conflict resolution;
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new text begin (3) contributes to healthy relationships and prevention of sexual violence;
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new text begin (4) promotes individual responsibility;
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new text begin (5) includes an abstinence-first approach to delaying initiation of sexual activity
while also including education about contraception and disease prevention; and
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new text begin (6) provides human development and sexuality education that is age-appropriate
and medically accurate.
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new text begin (b) "Age-appropriate" refers to topics, messages, and teaching methods suitable to
particular ages or age groups of children and adolescents, based on developing cognitive,
emotional, and behavioral capacity typical for the age or age group.
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new text begin (c) "Medically accurate" means verified or supported by research conducted in
compliance with scientific methods and published in peer-reviewed journals, where
appropriate, and recognized as accurate and objective by professional organizations
and agencies in the relevant field, such as the federal Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention, the American Public Health Association, the American Academy of
Pediatrics, or the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
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new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Curriculum requirements. new text end

new text begin (a) A school district must offer and may
independently establish policies, procedures, curriculum, and services for providing
responsible family life and sexuality education that is age-appropriate and medically
accurate, meets the needs of all students in grades 6 through 12, and is consistent with
locally developed health curriculum and instruction. A school district may implement
the curriculum consistent with its curriculum review cycle under section 120B.023,
subdivision 2, paragraph (g), or no later than the start of the 2011-2012 school year,
whichever comes first.
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new text begin (b) A school district must consult with parents or guardians of enrolled students
when establishing policies, procedures, curriculum, and services under this subdivision.
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new text begin (c) A school district may implement the curriculum through instruction from school
district personnel or outside consultants.
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new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Notice and parental options. new text end

new text begin (a) It is the legislature's intent to encourage
pupils to communicate with their parents or guardians about human sexuality and to respect
the rights of parents or guardians to supervise their children's education on these subjects.
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new text begin (b) Parents or guardians may excuse their children from all or part of a responsible
family life and sexuality education program.
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new text begin (c) A school district must make reasonable arrangements with school personnel for
alternative instruction for those pupils whose parents or guardians object to the content
of the instruction, and must not impose an academic or other penalty upon a pupil for
arranging the alternative instruction. School personnel may evaluate and assess the quality
of the pupil's work completed as part of the alternative instruction.
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new text begin (d) A school district must establish policies and procedures consistent with
this section for providing parents or guardians reasonable notice with the following
information:
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new text begin (1) if the district is offering a responsible family life and sexuality education program
to the parents' or guardians' child during the course of the year;
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new text begin (2) how the parents or guardians may inspect the written and audiovisual educational
materials used in the program and the process for inspection;
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new text begin (3) if the program is presented by school district personnel or outside consultants,
and if outside consultants are used, who they may be; and
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new text begin (4) parents' or guardians' right to choose not to have the child participate in the
program and the procedure for exercising that right.
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new text begin (e) A school district must establish policies and procedures for reasonably restricting
the availability of written and audiovisual educational materials from public view of
students who have been excused from all or part of a responsible family life and sexuality
education program at the request of a parent or guardian, consistent with this section.
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new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Assistance to school districts. new text end

new text begin The Department of Education, in
coordination with the Department of Health, may offer services to school districts,
including training, resources, and technical assistance to help them implement responsible
family life and sexuality education programs in accordance with national health education
standards.
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new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Federal funds. new text end

new text begin The Department of Health and the Department of
Education shall seek available funds from the federal government, consistent with the
definitions of a responsible family life and sexuality education program, including, but
not limited to, funds available from the Office of Adolescent Health and the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention.
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Sec. 2. new text begin REPEALER.
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new text begin Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 121A.23, new text end new text begin is repealed.
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