Arizona Senate Committee Delays Hearing On Sex Ed Ban Before 7th Grade

Jan 14, 2020

An Arizona Senate committee has delayed consideration of a contentious proposal from a conservative Republican lawmaker that would prohibit sex education instruction for students before 7th grade.

Republican State Senator Sylvia Allen of Snowflake

The measure was introduced by Senator Sylvia Allen of Snowflake. Her proposal was set for a hearing Tuesday but was unexpectedly scratched from the agenda of the Education Committee she chairs Monday evening.

Senate President Karen Fann said Allen needs more time to hear from concerned parties and revise the proposal before it is heard.

Allen said her proposal is intended to give parents more access and transparency about sex education classes for their children.

Opponents call it unneeded in a state where parents already must approve having their children take sex ed classes.