Parents want their children to have clarity and learn life skills which include:
These life skills are the framework of the REAL (Relationship Education and Leadership) Essentials Curriculum the Center for Relationship Education utilizes to train educators to deliver to their students, providing skills and clarity as they move into adulthood.
What is not clear is the role the recent Comprehensive Sexuality Education Law (HB 1032) will have on the future of this kind of clarity enhancing and relationship skill building education students receive.
HB 1032 states that schools shall not engage the instructional services of an organization or individual that is the recipient of Title V dollars. Telling a school district what they must do is against the Colorado Constitution regarding local control. Guidance from the CDE opines that they are not an oversight body. There are no written legal parameters or guidance to follow which creates ambiguity and confusion.
To be clear, Title V funds are a $50 million-dollar set-aside included in the 1996 Welfare Reform and Social Responsibility Act signed by President Clinton. The Welfare Reform Act, and particularly, Title V, is intended to reduce poverty and increase health and well-being. This legislation changed “welfare as we know it” from Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) a Federalized program that was instituted by President Johnson in 1964. There were three rules in AFDC to be able to receive public assistance. 1. No savings. 2. No job. 3. No man in the home. For 32 years, this one piece of legislation did more to break up families and get dads out the home than any initiative in history. President Clinton abolished AFDC and created a block grant that sent welfare dollars to the states which is called TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families)
Goals of TANF:
The goal of Title V (which is a part of the TANF legislation) is to help school-age children develop healthy relationships, delay sexual debut, avoid risky behaviors, learn about future orientation goals and family formation to reduce poverty and increase well-being.
School has started and Title V grantees are poised to serve high-need, under-resourced and vulnerable youth. We will not let the confusion and ambiguity of HB 1032 intimidate school administrators, educators, parents or students. The Center for Relationship Education provides students the skills necessary to develop healthy relationships and a successful life.
Clarity is the key! Contact: email@example.com; www.myrelationshipcenter.org
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