BACHE’s Parent Toolkit Helps Parents Improve Sex Education in their Kids’ Schools!

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posted by Jenn Guitart at BACHE
Tue, May 29, 2012
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Bay Area Communities for Health Education (BACHE) has released an online “Parent Toolkit” to guide parents and others through the steps necessary to get comprehensive sex education implemented in their school districts. The Toolkit details nine steps parents and other activists can take, from learning about the issue, to organizing fellow parents to advocate for comprehensive sex education in their school districts.

BACHE is an organization of parents and other community members that promotes the teaching of comprehensive, medically accurate, age-appropriate, bias-free sex education in public schools throughout the Bay Area. BACHE has combated abstinence-only sex education in the public schools and has succeeded in getting comprehensive sex education implemented in several school districts throughout the Bay Area, including Mt. Diablo Unified, Oakland Unified, and Fremont Unified.

California law prohibits abstinence-only sex education in the public schools, but many school districts in the Bay Area and throughout the state are not in compliance with the law.

BACHE’s Toolkit offers background information on comprehensive and abstinence-only sex education, a primer on California law regarding sex education, and a step-by-step advocacy guide to help parents raise awareness of the issue, assess their schools’ sex education, build support in their communities, and work for change in their school districts. The site also includes model advocacy materials that can easily be adapted for use in any school district, as well as examples from BACHE’s own work.

The Toolkit is available on BACHE’s website at http://bacheinfo.org/Toolkit.

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