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You can do to improve sexuality education for our young people.

1. Contact your Congressional representatives. The federal government does not have a direct role in local sexuality education. Instead it leaves such control to state and local bodies. However, because the federal government does control funding for many educational programs, it can greatly influence how sexuality education is delivered in local schools and communities.

2. Contact your elected state government representatives. States can mandate that sexuality education be taught, require schools to teach about STDs or HIV/AIDS, set statewide guidelines for topics, choose curricula, and approve textbooks. You can contact your state's education agencies or your elected officials to find out more. Visit SIECUS' State Profiles at

3. Contact your Department of Education and State Board of Education. All states have one or more governing bodies that oversee schools and education policy. These agencies and boards can set policies that dictate the type of sexuality education schools can provide. To find your state's education agencies, visit the National Association of State Boards of Education website at

4. Contact your elected local government representatives. Most decisions about education policy are made at the local level. Whether or not a state course or content mandate is in place, local administrators may establish their own mandates. These local mandates may expand upon but cannot violate state mandates.

5. Contact your local School Board and/or School Health Advisory Committee. In almost all communities, the school board is involved in decisions about sexuality education. Among other things, the school board sets district policy and may approve curricula, textbooks, videos, and materials. Further, many school districts have created special advisory committees to review the materials used in school health and sexuality education courses. Teachers, clergy, public health officials, parents, and students may serve on such advisory committees. Join a committee and make a difference!
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Date:Jun 22, 2006
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