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New Law in Illinois on Teaching Sex Education in Schools

Question: I thought that Illinois schools could only teach sex education to students if the curriculum promotes abstinence. Has this changed?

Answer: Under a new state law to go into effect in January 2014, public schools that want to teach sex education will need to provide students with accurate information about birth control and sexually-transmitted diseases. Until now, abstinence has been the only required curriculum for schools that choose to teach sex education.     For more information about Illinois law, visit  If you have a legal question, send it to Illinois Law Now is a series of newspaper and internet posts prepared by the Illinois State Bar Association that address legal issues of interest to the public. For additional information about the law, visit

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