The New Orleans City Council stands behind measures in Baton Rouge aiming to get better — or any — sex education in New Orleans public schools. At its April 23 meeting, the council unanimously adopted a resolution supporting "comprehensive, age and developmentally appropriate, medically accurate and evidence-informed instruction in sex education" — which is the goal of state legislation introduced by Rep. Wesley Bishop and Sen. J.P. Morrell, both D-New Orleans. Morrell's legislation calls for anonymous student surveys to screen for sexual health risks among students in New Orleans public schools. Bishop's bill requires New Orleans public middle and high schools to include sex ed in their curriculums.
District B City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell said, "We teach abstinence, but it's not working. It's not good enough." Council President Stacy Head said the bills likely will face strong opposition at the state level. The bills will be presented in committees this week.