GOP Lawmakers Say ‘National Sex Education Standards’ Are Too Explicit For Illinois Schools

SPRINGFIELD – Democratic state lawmakers want to adopt state sex education standards that are aligned with a national model. But Republicans say the national standards would require teachers to present explicit material at too young an age. In Illinois, public schools aren’t required to offer sex education courses. Earlier in the spring legislative session, State […]

Senate Committee Advances Bills On Sex Ed, Decriminalizing HIV Transmission

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SPRINGFIELD – Legislation that would overhaul sex education in Illinois and a measure to decriminalize the transmission of HIV were among several bills that passed the Senate Executive Committee Wednesday. The committee, following a long and contentious debate, advanced legislation that would require public schools to teach sex ed by July 2023. Senate Bill 818 and […]

Mandatory K-12 Sex Education Bill Advances In House

SPRINGFIELD – An Illinois House committee advanced a bill Wednesday that would mandate all public school districts in the state provide a comprehensive, age-appropriate curriculum on sex education, sexual abuse awareness and healthy relationships for all grades, K-12. Illinois currently has a law that leaves the option of teaching sex education up to the discretion […]

Proposed Legislation Looks To Mandate Sex Education For Schools, Teach Dangers Of ‘Sexting’

SPRINGFIELD – Some Democratic Illinois lawmakers want to adopt more comprehensive sex education standards for K-12 schools to ensure students have a firm understanding of the importance of consent, the consequences of sharing underage sexually explicit material, and knowing when an action is considered sexual abuse. This week, the House Elementary and Secondary Education: School Curriculum […]

News Around Illinois – March 4, 2020

Police: 3 Die In Plane Crash On I-55 In Central Illinois LINCOLN — State police say three people died when a small plane crashed and burst into flames on Interstate 55 in central Illinois. Mindy Carroll of the Illinois State Police said in a statement that all three occupants of the plane were killed in […]

News Around Illinois – February 27, 2020

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Decatur Schools And Union Meet With Mediator DECATUR – Negotiators for Decatur Public Schools and their teaching assistants union met with a federal mediator for about three hours on Wednesday. But talks ended without a settlement, and no date for another session has been set. A District 61 news release called the meeting “productive” and […]