Illinois Schools Must Teach Birth Control in Sex Ed
Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Friday that requires schools to provide the information. It takes effect Jan. 1. Sen. Heather Steans sponsored the bill. The Chicago Democrat says it's intended to help prevent sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies.
It's hard to say how many schools will be affected. The Illinois State Board of Education doesn't track how many public school districts teach sex education. But a 2008 University of Chicago study found that 93 percent of districts offer sex education. It found 65 percent of programs were what researchers considered comprehensive, including birth control and abstinence.
See other LocalNews news:One Person Injured When Gunfire Breaks Out Between Occupants of Two Vehicles in Centralia
Patoka Fall Festival Starts Friday and Continues Through Sunday
Marion County State's Attorney Matt Wilzbach Won't Seek 4th Term
Salvation Army Food Pantry Flooded With Users; Facing Shortages
There Was Smoke, Then Fire at Lincoln Drive Through