Are Schools Just Saying No

Are Schools “Just Saying No?”

Is Abstinence-Only the Trend in Sex Education?

And, Who Influences Policy?

Tuesday, December 14

9:30 am-11:30 am

National Press Club First Amendment Room

529 14th Street NW, 13th Floor

Washington, D.C.

9:30 amRegistration

9:50 amWelcome/Introductions

10:00 amNew Research: Findings from Two New National Surveys of Public School Administrators about Sex Education Today

    • Cory L. Richards, Vice President for Public Policy, The Alan Guttmacher Institute, will provide an overview of sex education legislation across the nation and how sex education policy is set, and discuss the findings from a national survey of superintendents about school district policy and approaches to sex education.

    • Tina Hoff, Director of Public Health Information and Communications, Kaiser Family Foundation,
    • will present the results from a national survey of public secondary school principals about the nature and outcome of debates over sex education in their schools, and who influences what gets taught.

10:30 amPolicy & Politics: What are the Major Debates Over Sex Education?

And, Are They Changing Curricula? (Moderator: Tina Hoff)

    • Monica Rodriguez, Director of Education, Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), will give an overview of how the first two years of federal funding for abstinence-only programs has affected sex education as well as discuss public opinion on sex education.

    • Doug Bailey, President & CEO,,

will talk about the politics of sex education, to what extent it is an issue for voters in local and state elections, as well as how it is being raised in the upcoming presidential election.

    • Brenda Z. Greene, Director, School Health Programs, National School Boards

Association, will discuss how state and federal legislation, local politics, community pressure, and other factors influence school boards’ decisions about sex education.

11:00 a.m.Questions and Answers

11:30 a.m. Lunch with participants

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