Sex ed bill would require Illinois schools to teach details of consent

February 25, 2019 | Chicago Sun-Times

By law, public K-12 schools in Illinois don’t have to teach sex education. Those that choose to, however, must follow the state’s requirement that curriculum be “developmentally and age-appropriate,” “medically accurate,” “evidence-based” and “complete.”

That means teaching about both abstinence and contraceptive methods, with information supported by valid, accurate research and facts.

Chicago Democratic Rep. Ann Williams’ bill would add a requirement for schools that teach sex education, expanding the definition of consent from the brief treatment it was originally given — “[there must be] discussion on what constitutes sexual consent” — to a detailed list of what consent means and how it might show up during a sexual encounter.

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