Plan to expand sex education standards in Colorado schools up for vote in committee Thursday

Hearing scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

DENVER - Lawmakers will vote Thursday on whether to revamp standards for teaching sex education at Colorado schools.

Rep. Crisanta Duran will be presenting her bill to a House committee for a vote Thursday. The proposed legislation would create new statewide standards for teaching abstinence and safe sex. Parents would be required to opt-out, instead of the current requirement that they opt-in their children for the classes.

The bill would also create a grant program to help schools get federal money to implement expanded instruction if they choose.

Republican Rep. Amy Stephens says the bill infringes on local control. But Duran says parents and school districts would still control what students are taught.

Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains posted a form letter on their website, designed for supporters of Colorado HB 1081 to send to lawmakers.

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