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Tue September 3, 2013

Tulsa Public Schools Looks to Expand Sex Education

Webster High School in West Tulsa
Webster High School in West Tulsa
Credit TPS

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Sex education could soon be expanding in Tulsa Public Schools.

The Tulsa World reports that the school board is set to vote on Tuesday on whether to approve a comprehensive pregnancy prevention curriculum for 7th, 9th and 11th graders. If approved, the voluntary program would start this fall.

Steve Mayfield is the director of constituent and student affairs at TPS. He says parental consent would be required for any student to participate.

The program would be piloted at Webster High School, Clinton Middle School and Memorial Junior High and High School. Four more schools would be added in January. Local donors would fund the program.

Mayfield says the curriculum's first priority is abstinence, but that it also shows HIV and disease rates.