Education A State Capitals Roundup

Wisconsin Rejects U.S. Funds for Education On Abstinence

By Christina A. Samuels — March 13, 2007 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

Wisconsin

Wisconsin is the latest state to reject federal funding for abstinence education because of rules that limit discussion of contraception or sexually transmitted diseases.

Gov. Jim Doyle, a Democrat, believes that abstinence must be taught in school, but not to the exclusion of other sex education, his spokesman told the Associated Press. Wisconsin received about $600,000 a year under the Title V Abstinence Education Program, which it was then required to match with state funds and distribute to community groups. The state will continue to provide its $300,000 match.

The federal funds come with requirements that programs funded with the money must teach exclusively the social, psychological, and health gains of abstaining from sexual activity outside of marriage. In addition, programs must teach that sexual activity outside the context of marriage is likely to have harmful psychological and physical effects, and that a “mutually faithful, monogamous relationship in the context of marriage” is the expected standard of sexual activity.

In October, New Jersey declined about $800,000 in federal funds because of restrictions in discussing contraception.

See Also

See other stories on education issues in Wisconsin and data on Wisconsin’s public school system.

A version of this article appeared in the March 14, 2007 edition of Education Week

Events

Special Education K-12 Essentials Forum Innovative Approaches to Special Education
Join this free virtual event to explore innovations in the evolving landscape of special education.
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Curriculum Webinar
STEM Fusion: Empowering K-12 Education through Interdisciplinary Integration
Join our webinar to learn how integrating STEM with other subjects can revolutionize K-12 education & prepare students for the future.
Content provided by Project Lead The Way
School & District Management Webinar How Pensions Work: Why It Matters for K-12 Education
Panelists explain the fundamentals of teacher pension finances — how they are paid for, what drives their costs, and their impact on K-12 education.

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Education Briefly Stated: June 12, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
9 min read
Education Briefly Stated: May 29, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
9 min read
Education Briefly Stated: May 8, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: April 17, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read