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Arizona school board leaves sex education rules unchanged

Posted at 12:49 PM, Jun 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-25 15:50:38-04

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona education officials have left sex education rules alone after hearing parents, lawmakers and advocates rail against proposed changes.

The Arizona Republic reports the Arizona State Board of Education decided Monday to take no action on a series of guidelines that Superintendent Kathy Hoffman had asked the board to consider.

Democratic state Sen. Martin Quezada developed the changes with a group of teachers, school board members and others.

The proposal included adding language that instruction should be medically accurate, allowing schools to teach boys and girls together, and removing language that prohibits the "teaching of abnormal, deviate, or unusual sexual acts and practices."

The state rules govern what can and cannot be included in sex education curriculum, but the board does not create a curriculum for schools.