A 2017 review of ten curricula from Sexual Assault Task Force found that none met more than 71% of the standards.
“Shifting Boundaries,” a sixth- to eighth-grade violence prevention curriculum, complied with only 29%.
“One of the things I appreciate about the newer standards is that by law the information should be medically accurate,” says Maureen Callahan, executive director of teaching and learning at the Clackamas School District. This is about medically accurate information.” The disconnect between state and federal policy has led to friction in the federal grant process.
Hermiston, for example, does not offer birth control in its school’s wellness centers.Misaligned federal and state approaches to sex ed add another complication.Oregon sets one of the highest bars for sex education in the country.Many teachers lack time to attend trainings and cover all of the required content.Plus, curriculum development lags behind the latest science.
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The rule changes, enacted in the third-year of the five-year grant, make it harder for the county to compete for funding. A federal grant of $818,631, from the Title V Abstinence Only Until Marriage Education Program, funds programs that meet requirements as “teach that a mutually faithful monogamous relationship in the context of marriage is the expected standard of human sexual activity,” and “teach that sexual activity outside of the context of marriage is likely to have harmful psychological and physical effects.” The Oregon Department of Human Services put this funding toward the recently revised “My Future, My Choice” curriculum in 14 school districts.