BOSTON (WWLP) - State lawmakers want to require a thorough sex education for your children.
They told 22 News why it's important to change what your kids are taught about sexual health.
Amherst state Representative Ellen Story is supporting legislation that would require all public schools to teach sex education that is fact-based, medically accurate and age-appropriate.
Currently Massachusetts law does not require public schools to teach kids about sexual health. While many schools do offer sex education, state lawmakers say some only offer information about abstinence. The proposed bill would allow the Department of Education to create a standard curriculum that includes information on contraception, relationships, dating and abstinence.
Representative Story said, "It's talking about having good, factual educational courses in schools that deal with sexuality…I think this bill is at least 30 years overdue."
Evangelical Christian ministers oppose the bill over concerns of how homosexuality and sex before marriage could be handled.
State lawmakers supportive of the legislation hope to have it signed into law this year.