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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 999        FILED ON: 1/19/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 179


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Alice K. Wolf


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to providing health education in schools.






Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

Gloria L. Fox

7th Suffolk

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

David Paul Linsky

5th Middlesex

Cleon H. Turner

1st Barnstable

Tom Sannicandro

7th Middlesex

William N. Brownsberger


Byron Rushing

9th Suffolk

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Frank I. Smizik

15th Norfolk

Stephen Kulik

1st Franklin

Harriette L. Chandler


Peter V. Kocot

1st Hampshire

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Elizabeth A. Malia

11th Suffolk

John D. Keenan

7th Essex

Jay R. Kaufman

15th Middlesex

Martin J. Walsh

13th Suffolk

Christine E. Canavan

10th Plymouth

John P. Fresolo

16th Worcester

Steven M. Walsh

11th Essex

John W. Scibak

2nd Hampshire

Jennifer L. Flanagan


Michael J. Moran

18th Suffolk

James B. Eldridge


Timothy J. Toomey, Jr.

26th Middlesex

Linda Dorcena Forry

12th Suffolk

Sarah K. Peake

4th Barnstable

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

34th Middlesex

Cheryl A. Coakley-Rivera

10th Hampden

Anne M. Gobi

5th Worcester

Martha M. Walz

8th Suffolk

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

James J. O'Day

14th Worcester

Louis L. Kafka

8th Norfolk

Barry R. Finegold


Jason M. Lewis

31st Middlesex

Paul McMurtry

11th Norfolk

Lori A. Ehrlich

8th Essex

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

Thomas P. Conroy

13th Middlesex

Alice Hanlon Peisch

14th Norfolk

Gailanne M. Cariddi

1st Berkshire

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 999        FILED ON: 1/19/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 179

By Ms. Wolf of Cambridge, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 179) of Ruth B. Balser and others relative to the teaching of health education in schools.  Education.


SEE HOUSE, NO. 3434 OF 2009-2010.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Eleven



An Act relative to providing health education in schools.


              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

              SECTION 1.  Section 1D of chapter 69 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the word “languages”, in line 6, the words “health education”.

              SECTION 2.  Paragraph 3 of said section 1D of said chapter 69, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by striking out the fourth sentence and inserting in place thereof the following sentence:- 

                   The standards for health education shall be age-appropriate, medically accurate and shall, at minimum, provide for instruction in the following areas: growth and physical development, physical activity and fitness, nutrition, reproduction and sexuality, mental health, family life, interpersonal relationships, disease prevention and control, safety and injury prevention, tobacco, alcohol, and other substance use and abuse prevention, consumer health and resource management, ecological health, and community and public health.

              SECTION 3. Consistent with the provisions of section 1E of said chapter 69, the Massachusetts Comprehensive Health Curriculum Framework shall be construed as a guide for local school districts in the development and selection of curriculum, textbooks and instructional materials.

              SECTION 4. Paragraph 14 of section 1I of said chapter 69, as so appearing, is hereby amended by adding the following clause:-

                   (l) health education.

              SECTION 5. Consistent with the provisions of section 32A of chapter 71, every city, town, regional school district or vocational school district implementing or maintaining curriculum which primarily involves human sexual education or human sexuality issues shall adopt a policy ensuring parental/guardian notification. Such policy shall afford parents or guardians the flexibility to exempt their children from any portion of said curriculum through written notification to the school principal. No child so exempted shall be penalized by reason of such exemption.  To the extent practicable, program instruction materials for said curriculum shall be made reasonably accessible to parents, guardians, educators, school administrators, and others for inspection and review.

              SECTION 6. Nothing in this act shall be construed to require an MCAS exam on health education.

              SECTION 7.  The foundation budget must be re-evaluated in the categories of (1) classroom and specialist teachers, (2) instructional equipment, and (3) professional development to ensure sufficient funding to provide the health education envisioned in the Frameworks and Section 2 above.

              SECTION 8. This act shall take effect on July 1, 2013.

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