Topeka Efforts to ban certain books from high school reading lists and require abstinence-only sex education will be considered by the Kansas State Board of Education next week.
The board is not scheduled to act on either issue during its meeting in Wichita on Tuesday.
But discussions are scheduled on the topics, and several board members have voiced support of abstinence-only sex education and tightening obscenity laws to prevent schools from using certain books.
Officials from the Blue Valley school district in Johnson County will give a presentation on how they handle requests to remove books from reading lists.
The district has been embroiled in controversy for months, after some parents asked that numerous books containing obscenities, vulgar language or sexually explicit material be removed from high school reading lists. The list included "Beloved" by Toni Morrison, "Black Boy" by Richard Wright and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" by Ken Kesey.
On sex education, the board voted last month to require that students get their parents' permission before taking sex education.
Some on the board have said they would seek a requirement that sex education classes teach only that students should abstain from sex until marriage.
At next week's meeting, officials will present information on abstinence only and a program that teaches abstinence is preferred but also provides information on how to avoid unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.
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