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9/13/04-Longview

TEA Debates New Curriculum For Sex Education

Texas schools have taught an abstinence based sex education to students for ten years. Right now the TEA is revamping the textbooks and some critics say it doesn't teach kids enough about birth control and protection.

Texas Education Commissioner, Shirley Neely, toured Longview High School today. She says individual schools can simply add information to the textbook as they see fit.

"I say we teach the state curriculum. A lot of this too is up to the local community. The good thing in Texas is we have a curriculum but that doesn't stop the school district from teaching more," says Neely.

The TEA is expected to approve 4 new textbooks that primarily teach abstinence. Three of the books don't mention contraceptives at all.

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