Legislature passes bill limiting who can teach sex education

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature has passed an education bill that limits who can teach sex education in public schools.

    Posted Thursday, May 5th, 2016 5:56pm by Lance David

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature has passed an education bill that limits who can teach sex education in public schools.

    Passage came Thursday after the House revived the measure, rescinding a vote from a day earlier in which the bill had failed. This time, the measure narrowly passed.

    The bill, from Rep. Wes Keller, deals with parental involvement in education, greater local control and student testing.

    Perhaps the most contentious element calls for sex education to be taught by certified teachers under contract with a given school or someone under a teacher's supervision approved by the local school board and whose credentials are made available for parental review. A spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii has said this would create further barriers for students to receive comprehensive sex education.

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