Posted by Ryan Morgan on June 20, 2013 at 10:57 AM
In terms of sex ed reform, the end of South Carolina's legislative session was kind of like the last episode of "The Sopranos"—intense build up and then it all ended suddenly, with no satisfying resolution.
At the beginning of session, Rep. B.R. Skelton introduced the Healthy Youth Amendment
, a bill aiming to reform sex education by ensuring school district compliance, teacher training, and medically-accurate information.
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Dr. Melfi approves medically-accurate sex ed.[/caption]
Communities across the state from Greenville
, to Clemson
, to Columbia
, to Charleston
came together, asking questions about state of sex ed in South Carolina and eventually writing and calling legislators to demand better sex ed in our schools.
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No intimidating ricotta pies were given to legislators in exchange for their vote.[/caption]
The bill came before the House Education subcommittee, community stake holders testified, but at the end of the hearing, the Chair asked that the parties for and against the amendment to come together and work out a compromise. A sit down, if you will.
Over a month passed before the second subcommittee hearing and compromise seemed unrealistic. Rep. Patrick took pieces from each side's revisions and presented a new amendment. The subcommittee voted Rep. Patrick's amendment through to full committee.
But there were a few issues with the new bill: the definition of “sexual activity”
and “medically-accurate information”
was broadened and watered down.
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Are you kidding me? Meadow won't even get out of bed for those reforms.[/caption]
But we’re not giving up the fight for better sex ed in SC.
Let Rep. Patrick know, we haven’t stopped believing in sex ed reform with integrity.
And we haven’t stopped believing that Meadow will one day learn to parallel park. Seriously, Meadow. That's a huge space.
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You got this, Med.[/caption]