But Adam Tenner, executive director of Metro TeenAIDS — an organization that serves HIV-infected youths and their families in the District — said the standards were age-appropriate and stressed the importance of educating students on topics such as HIV and AIDS.
Roughly one out of every 100 people ages 13 to 24 in the District has HIV or AIDS, according to an HIV prevention initiative plan put together by the Fenty administration.
“Metro TeenAIDS is supportive of the current draft” of the standards, Mr. Tenner said. “Going in to our analysis, we were looking to see that the standards were based on age-appropriate, medically accurate, comprehensive sex education that stresses abstinence and includes information about contraception.”
In Montgomery County, the school board approved a revised curriculum that teaches about homosexuality and condom use, and the Maryland State Board of Education denied requests to stop the lessons.
The curriculum is slated to be taught in all county middle and high schools this fall, although opponents last month filed an administrative appeal seeking to reverse the state board’s decision.