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Indiana bill could require schools to seek parental permission to teach sex ed

A bill that would require schools to get parental permission to teach human sexuality has passed through the state Senate.

Senate Bill 65, which passed 37-12 Tuesday, defines human sexuality as including sexual activity, sexual orientation or gender identity. If passed through the House, it would require school corporations to seek written permission from a parent or guardian of students under the age of 18. 

It would also prohibit a school corporation from teaching sexual education without first receiving this consent.

Currently, Indiana local districts are not required to teach sexual education. When it is taught, however, Indiana law does require that abstinence be stressed.

The bill now heads to the House, where it will be heard in committees and voted on by the full House.

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