Department of Education; distribution of materials; assistance in developing programs
(a) The State Department of Education shall prepare and distribute to school districts comprehensive educational materials for the prevention of teen pregnancy. In developing these materials, the department shall seek input from other public agencies and from private nonprofit organizations with experience in teen pregnancy prevention. The department may adopt and use for this purpose appropriate materials developed by those agencies or organizations.
(b) The department, in cooperation with those school districts and county offices of education that desire to participate, shall assist them in developing comprehensive programs for this purpose. The programs shall include, but not necessarily be limited to, all of the following:
(1) Suggestions for creative format and presentation of the materials designed to attract and retain the interest of teenagers, including the use of guest speakers.
(2) Information regarding the consequences of pregnancy, upon both the father and the mother, including the effect upon future educational and employment opportunities.
(3) Information regarding the meaning of parental responsibility and its effect upon one's personal life.
(4) Information regarding strategies for resisting peer group pressure.
(5) Information regarding abstinence as a method of prevention.
(6) Recommendations regarding methods for introduction of these materials into the curriculum, including, but not limited to, health and social science classes.
(c) In order to implement this section, the department shall identify and seek funding and other assistance from federal and private sources, and shall otherwise utilize all available resources as may be necessary.
(d) Nothing in this section shall authorize or require any activities that involve the distribution of material on pregnancy termination.
(Added by Stats. 1986, Ch. 1081, Sec. 2.)