Sex education is once again a hot topic in the Kansas Legislature. In February, the Kansas House Education Committee passed an "opt-in" bill that requires parents to provide written consent before their children are allowed to participate in sex education courses. Commentator John Richard Schrock believes this bill takes power away from local school boards and could deny Kansas students an important part of their education.
Commentator John "Richard" Schrock is the director of biology education at Emporia State University, where he trains future biology teachers. He's also a regular contributor to Kansas Public Radio.
Production assistance for this commentary comes from KPR News Intern Austin Fitts.
(Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story indicated the full Kansas House has passed this legislation. In fact, it has only been passed by the House Education Committee.)