Illinois schools that teach sex education will be required to provide information about birth control and sexually transmitted diseases—not just abstinence—under a bill that Gov. Pat Quinn said he’ll sign.
The bill, passed by the General Assembly this spring, would take effect Jan. 1 and is intended to help prevent unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.
How much the measure will affect what most schools already do is unclear. Some districts say they’re already meeting its requirements, though some statistics suggest many others are not.
A version of this article appeared in the August 21, 2013 edition of Education Week as Ill. Schools Mull Impact of Sex Ed. Changes