The New York Civil Liberties Union recently requested that the New York City Department of Education publicize its sex education curriculum materials.
After hearing stories about students not receiving sex education at their schools and teachers failing to provide vital lessons on sexually transmitted infections, the NYCLU and law firm Fried Frank filed a Freedom of Information Law request on Sept. 20 to the DOE requesting all sex-ed curriculum materials that are currently taught in public schools.
The NYCLU believes that there is still a severe lack of oversight and information around sex education taught in public schools, despite sex education being required to be taught.
Aliyah Ansari, teen health strategist at the NYCLU, told amNewYork Metro that the NYCLU wanted to provide an update on where the DOE is at with teaching sexual health to its students.
“We would love to hope that schools are now teaching comprehensive, medically accurate, age-appropriate comprehensive sexuality education,” Ansari said. “But we’re not sure that’s the case.”