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Richard Blumenthal on Education

 


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Full Funding for Federal Education Programs: We must ensure that the federal government adheres to its promise to fully fund elementary and secondary education. As Attorney General, I represented 109 Connecticut school districts in challenging the No Child Left Behind's unfunded mandate. In the Senate, I will fight for federal education laws that will finally give our teachers the resources they need--the resources they've been promised for so many years--to do right by their students.

Restoring the Teaching Profession: We need to restore the profession of teaching to the level of social significance that it deserves. We must ensure that teachers have continuous access to the mentorship and high-quality professional development programs that they need to hone their skills. But these efforts will be useless if they are not designed and implemented based on full collaboration with teachers themselves.

Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, richardblumenthal.com "Issues" , Aug 12, 2010

Comprehensive sex ed for sexually-active adolescents.

Blumenthal co-sponsored Real Education for Healthy Youth Act

Award competitive grants to provide adolescents with comprehensive sex education to:

  1. replicate evidence-based sex education programs,
  2. substantially incorporate elements of evidence-based sex education programs, or
  3. create a demonstration project based on generally accepted characteristics of effective sex education programs.
Prohibits federal funds provided under this Act from being used for health education programs that:
  1. deliberately withhold life-saving information about HIV;
  2. are medically inaccurate or have been scientifically shown to be ineffective;
  3. promote gender stereotypes;
  4. are insensitive and unresponsive to the needs of sexually active youth or lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender youth; or
  5. are inconsistent with the ethical imperatives of medicine and public health.

Opponent's argument against bill: (Nick Wing on Huffington Post) An abstinence-only effort, introduced the same day, the Abstinence Education Reallocation Act, stands as an effective counter to the Democratic-backed Real Education for Healthy Youth Act.

According to the text of the abstinence-only bill, sex education programs would need to be "medically accurate" and teach the "skills and benefits of sexual abstinence as the optimal sexual health behavior for youth" in order to qualify for grant money. The bill also calls for applicable programs to focus on the "holistic health, economic, and societal benefits that can be gained by refraining from non-marital sexual activity," as well as to provide an "understanding of how drugs, alcohol, and the irresponsible use of social media can influence sexual decision-making and can contribute to risky and often aggressive sexual behavior."

Source: H.R.725 / S.372 13-S0372 on Feb 14, 2013

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