By Ann Doss Helmsahelms@charlotteobserver.com
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will hold a public hearing on a new sex-education policy today, but officials say it won’t bring much change to the classroom.
CMS will continue to teach the benefits of abstinence and monogamy, as well as provide information about reproduction and contraception in age-appropriate ways, said Tom Tate, chair of the school board’s policy committee.
He said the new policy echoes the wording of state law passed last summer. For instance, before last summer the state had mandated “abstinence until marriage education.” The new law calls for “reproductive health and safety education.” Following the new law, CMS policy requires teaching about transmission and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases.
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As before, parents will have the right to pull their children out of all or part of the curriculum.
The hearing will be at 6 p.m. in Room 267 of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 E. Fourth St. To see the agenda, read the proposed policy and get details about signing up to speak, go to www.cms.k12.nc.us and click “Board of Education” at left.