A Jacksonville lawmaker wants to overhaul Florida’s sex-education system to shift the focus away from abstinence. Rep. Reggie Fullwood (D-Jacksonville) says giving kids knowledge about STDs can help lower infection rates among young people.
A just-released report from the CDC shows most school districts are not adequately preparing young people to make informed choices about sex.
Fullwood’s proposal would have schools teach about the effectiveness of all types of contraception, not just abstinence. Current state law says kids should be taught waiting until marriage is the accepted standard. The law also says teachers should highlight the benefits of heterosexual marriage.
Fullwood’s bill is sponsored in the Senate by Dwight Bullard (D-Miami).
Rep. Reggie Fullwood joins us to discuss the bill.