Sex Education Advisory Boards

The State of Michigan has very specific laws how sexuality education should be taught in public schools. These laws are intended to promote the best health outcomes for Michigan teens and allow each school district to address sexuality education in the way that best reflects the unique values and challenges of their community.

Whether you’re a concerned parent or conscientious administrator, Willing to Wait is here to support you throughout the selection and approval process.

Here are the basics of having Willing to Wait (or any other program) implemented in your local public school.

Please note this page is meant to provide awareness, general information, and guidelines. The contents of this page should not be construed as and are not intended to be legal advice on any matter. The PRC makes no warranties or representations as to its accuracy and assumes no liability or responsibility for any errors or omissions in the content of this page. Contact the Michigan Department of Education or seek legal counsel for any interpretation of the law related to your specific situation or district concerns.
To read the in-depth information of SEAB formation please visit:
michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-74638_74639_29233_29803—,00.html

Michigan Law, Public Act 451 empowers the local school board to form a Sex Education Advisory Board (SEAB) and determine:
  • The number of members
  • The two persons who will serve as the board’s co-chairs (one of whom must be the parent of a student in the school)
  • How long members’ terms will run
  • The selection process for board members
The law requires that each SEAB include:
  • Half of the board members are parents of students in the district
  • The board includes at least one local clergy, health professional, student, and educator
  • School district staff must make up less than half of the school board

The law recommends that a reasonable effort is made to find members which represent a cross-section of community viewpoints. In our political climate, that would mean including members who identify with both left- and right-leaning political preferences.

The SEAB is responsible for:
  • Establishing program goals and objectives
  • Reviewing and recommending materials and methods (the law prohibits any instructional content and materials which have not be through this approval process)
  • Evaluating, measuring, and reporting the attainment of program goals and objectives and reporting their findings to the school board every two years
Michigan Law states that sex education materials must be age-appropriate, must not be medically inaccurate, and do all of the following (often referred to as the “A through K”):
  1. Discuss the benefits of abstaining from sex until marriage and the benefits of ceasing sex if a pupil is sexually active.
  2. Discussion of possible emotional, economic and legal consequences of sex.
  3. Unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases are serious consequences that are not fully preventable, except by abstinence.
  4. Advise pupils of the laws pertaining to their responsibility as parents to children born in and out of wedlock.
  5. Ensure that pupils are not taught in a way that condones violating the laws of this state pertaining to sexual activity, including those relating to criminal sexual conduct.
  6. Teach pupils how to say ‘no’ to sexual advances and that it is wrong to take advantage of, harass, or sexually exploit another person.
  7. Teach refusal skills and encourage pupils to resist pressures to engage in risky behavior.
  8. Teach that the pupil has the power to control personal behavior.  Pupils shall be taught to base their actions on reasoning, self-discipline, a sense of responsibility, self-control, and ethical considerations such as respect for self and others.
  9. Provide instruction on healthy dating relationships, how to set limits and recognize a dangerous environment.
  10. Provide information for pupils about how young parents can learn more about adoption services and about the provisions of the safe delivery of newborns law.
  11. Clearly inform pupils that having sex or sexual contact with an individual under the age of 16 is a crime punishable by imprisonment and that one of the other results of being convicted of this crime is to be possibly listed on the sex offender registry for up to 25 years.

Willing to Wait classes cover each of these requirements (and much more)!

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