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For the first time in more than two decades, Texas has revised its sex ed curriculum standards.

 

The next step? Supporting Texas families, schools, and communities as they work together to keep young Texans healthy and safe.

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Texas is ready to lead in sex ed

65%

By the end of high school, 65% of Texas students report having been sexually active.

 (Source: Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 2019)

25

Every 25 minutes, a baby is born to a teen in Texas. 

Texas has the 9th highest teen birth rate and the second highest repeat teen birth rate nationwide.

(Source: Texas Campaign analysis of CDC Natality data, 2021.)

75%

75% of Texans support abstinence-plus sex ed, including all major demographic, regional and political groups.

(See poll results here)

(Source: Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen

 

Pregnancy polling data, March 2020)

Implementation Timeline

Parents, students, teachers, administrators and more all have a role to play in ensuring a successful implementation of the new Health TEKS.

November 2020: SBOE adopted new Health Education curriculum standards

Fall, 2021: SBOE approved Health Education Instructional Materials 

2022-23 school year and beyond: School districts will teach the new Health Education TEKS

Sex education curriculum adoption

How does the process work?

School health advisory councils (SHACS) hold at least two public meetings on the proposed curriculum.

The SHAC presents the recommendation to the school board at a public meeting. 

The board of trustees adopts the curriculum

Recommendations

Community Input

Adoption

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Young people in Texas deserve high-quality, medically accurate sex education.

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