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Utah lawmakers reject a bill that would require teaching consent in sex education classes

HB177, introduced earlier this year, would have updated Utah’s health education curriculum by requiring schools to teach consent, sexual violence behavior prevention and sexual assault resource strategies.

The proposal was defeated in Utah’s House Education Committee by a vote of 7-4.

Currently, Utah’s sex-ed curriculum requires educators to “stress the importance of abstinence from all sexual activity before marriage and fidelity after marriage” and “stress personal skills that encourage individual choice of abstinence and fidelity.”

Instruction regarding the “intricacies of intercourse” or the “advocacy or encouragement of the use of contraceptive methods” is prohibited.

Supporters of the bill argue that

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State lawmakers set to tackle education reform next year

Representative Rita Allison said she expects the House to discuss teacher salaries and unfreezing step increases.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Palmetto State Teachers’ Association (PTSA) has released their annual legislative agenda for the General Assembly’s upcoming session. 

“We think that 2021 is going to be an absolutely critical year for public education in South Carolina,” said Patrick Kelly with PSTA.

The General Assembly returns in January for its 124th session and education reform is expected to be at the top of the to-do list.

“The General Assembly has to address pay,” Kelly said. “South Carolina teacher pay is down 6.6%

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Missouri education leaders update lawmakers on COVID-19 response plans, efforts

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Students, teachers, and families have felt the effect of the pandemic whether it be from remote learning, sending students back to the classroom, or a hybrid of the two.

Missouri education leaders told lawmakers in Jefferson City Thursday it’s been a struggle and it’s going to take time to see the impact COVID-19 has had on students.

“Our kids are not being taught to the same degree, they are not engaging the content like they were,” State Rep. Doug Richey (R- Excelsior Springs) said. “Teachers are frustrated because the kids aren’t logging in.”

It’s been months

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