Friday, March 07, 2008

Taking a stand on education

Yay, Iowa!
Iowa is now the 17th state to reject Title V funding for abstinence-only sex education, which provides $4 in federal funds for every $3 the state spends, allowing for $50 million nationally. According to the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States, the Iowa Department of Public Health, which is responsible for these funds, doled out slightly more than $212,000 in 2006, $45,000 of which went to the UI to cover the mandated evaluation of the program.

In 2007, Rep. Mary Mascher, D-Iowa City, sponsored a bill that, when passed last spring, set guidelines requiring all of Iowa's sex-education curricula to be scientifically based.
Which, shockingly, abstinence-only education is not.
It is good to see them taking a stand. 17 states now, refusing money for bad education!

Mary Mascher really needs congrats from all of us for standing for scientifically accurate educating, and getting it passed.

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