Comprehensive Sex Ed Approved for Florida School
December 15 2007 1:00 AM ET
The St. Lucie
County, Fla., school board approved a controversial
sex education curriculum by a 4–1 vote, the Palm
Beach Post reported Tuesday.
titled "Get Real About AIDS," is designed to encourage
condom use, a particularly pertinent issue in St. Lucie
County, which has Florida’s highest rate of
HIV/AIDS cases among black residents. Superintendent
Michael Lannon recommended the program to the board in
late August after it was presented to him by the St. Lucie
County Executive Roundtable, a group of 27 community
In response to
beliefs that the county’s health curriculum was
inadequately addressing growing health concerns, the group
spent a year researching alternative courses.
Explaining her affirmative vote for the program, board
member Judi Miller told the Post, “I have to
ask myself what the numbers will be in the future if
we don’t adopt this curriculum.” (The
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