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Petitioning School Board Acalanes Union High School District

Tell the Acalanes Union High School District to continue their comprehensive, scientifically and medically accurate, age appropriate, sexual health education to their students presently taught by Planned Parenthood.

The Acalanes Union High School District is one of the most highly regarded public school districts in California, preparing its students to be thriving, thoughtful and responsible members of a global community. The quality learning at its four schools includes strong sexual health and HIV/AIDS prevention education and support for the rights of its gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students.

Link to California Education Code 51930 - 51939

This past school year, the district’s commitment to excellent sexual health education has been under attack. A small group of parents, backed by organizations with outside interests, are challenging the long standing choice of parent groups at two of the district’s high schools to engage highly trained instructors from Planned Parenthood to provide comprehensive, scientifically & medically accurate, age-appropriate sexual health education to students.

This petition asks the district to continue their strong support for Planned Parenthood's curriculum that provides comprehensive, scientifically and medically accurate, age appropriate sexual health education to their students for the following reasons:

        * Research has shown that comprehensive sexual health education helps teens build skills to make healthy and responsible decisions around sexuality. Research suggests that comprehensive approaches to sex education help young people both to withstand the pressures to have sex too soon and to have healthy responsible and mutually protective relationships when they do become sexually active. (Guttmacher Policy Review, 2010, 13(2) :27-28)

·         *Planned Parenthood’s curriculum – educates students in human development, sexuality, including pregnancy, family planning and sexually transmitted diseases.  This covers abstinence, the use of condoms & contraceptives, and the range of gender identity and sexual expression.

·         *The curriculum encourages students to discuss relevant and sometimes complex topics around sexuality – including decision-making, consent, cultural pressures, peer influences, sexual orientation and gender identity. 

·         *Studies from non-partisan national organizations chronicle the many benefits of comprehensive sexual health education. Benefits include: increased knowledge and communication skills around sexuality, delays in the initiation of sex, decrease in the frequency of sex and the number of new partners. Other studies, including from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Adolescent Health, show dramatic declines in teen pregnancy rates both in California and nationally since the early 1990s. 

Fact Sheet on Comprehensive Sexual Health Education.

The Acalanes Union High School District governing board is being pressured to remove Planned Parenthood’s trained educators and their curriculum for comprehensive sexual health education.

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