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The Sex Ed. Battleground Heats Up (Again). Here's What's Actually in New Standards
Vocal opposition from some conservative groups has put a spotlight on schools’ instructional choices.
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Curriculum Sex Education: 4 Questions and Answers About the Latest Controversy
Why the touchy issue of sex education has erupted again, and what it means for schools.
Stephen Sawchuk, August 24, 2022
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Thousands of people attend a protest for abortion access after the Supreme Court reversed the federal right to abortion decided in Roe v. Wade. The legal basis for the decision could be used in the future as precendent to overturn other rights not explicitly stated in the Constitution (e.g., same-sex marriage). With the exception of Thomas, all of the conservative justices in the majority testified under oath in their confirmation hearings that they consider abortion access 'settled law.'
Thousands of people attend a protest for abortion access after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned <i>Roe v. Wade,</i> which guaranteed the right to an abortion.
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Curriculum How the Overturning of 'Roe v. Wade' Will Reverberate Through Classrooms
Some teachers are looking for ways to address with students the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn the abortion rights precedent.
Sarah Schwartz, August 5, 2022
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Student Well-Being After Abortion Ruling, School Nurses See Tough Conversations Ahead
Many teenage students turn to school nurses for questions about their sexuality. Will the Dobbs decision change that?
Apoorvaa Mandar Bichu, July 7, 2022
8 min read
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Student Well-Being Opinion Practical Steps for Educators in a Post-‘Roe’ World
As abortion rights are rolled back, students need comprehensive sex ed. and contraceptive access, write three experts on adolescent health.
Terrinieka W. Powell, Beth Marshall & McKane Sharff, July 6, 2022
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Curriculum Half of Americans Don't Think Schools Should Teach About Racism's Impact Today
The public is also divided about how much influence parents and teachers should have in curriculum matters.
Madeline Will, February 7, 2022
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Student Well-Being Online Summit SEL in Middle and High School: What Works, What Doesn’t
Join fellow educators and administrators in this discussion on social emotional learning and what schools and staff can do to provide it.
October 14, 2021
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Special Report Making Social-Emotional Learning Work for Teens
Chances are teenagers are not getting the social emotional learning they need, especially now. This report shows how schools can help.
October 12, 2021
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Curriculum From Our Research Center Privacy, Porn, and Parents in the Room: Sex Education's Pandemic Challenges
After more than a year of instructional shifts and social isolation, students need sex education that is media-savvy and relationship-wise.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 12, 2021
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Education Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed
A collection of stories from the previous week that you may have missed.
November 17, 2020
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Curriculum What Should Students Learn in Sex Education? In This State, Voters Will Decide
Washington voters will consider a statewide mandate for comprehensive sex education.
Evie Blad, October 23, 2020
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School Choice & Charters Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed

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October 7, 2020
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Curriculum When Teens Are in Violent Relationships, Should Principals Step In?
A survey of high school principals reveals that more than half of school leaders say they have dealt with an incident of teen dating violence recently, but many of them aren't clear what their role should be.
Arianna Prothero, September 25, 2019
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Student Well-Being Opinion Yes, I Get My Period. School Shouldn't Shame Me for It
Schools should take the lead in removing the stigma around menstruation, writes 16-year-old Maggie Di Sanza, founder of Bleed Shamelessly.
Maggie Di Sanza, February 7, 2019
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Equity & Diversity Give Students Free Tampons, Pads, Advocates Say. Here's Why Some Schools Already Do
A growing number of schools are offering free tampons and sanitary pads, hoping to meet the needs of low-income students. Here's why more schools may join them.
Evie Blad, January 28, 2019
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