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|NUMBER 157||THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS||FEBRUARY 1999|
BROWARD COUNTY, FL - When Paul and Jodi Hoffman sat in on a sex education seminar at their children's middle school, they were shocked to hear school officials encourage an audience of 500 students to engage in sex and tell them that it is "okay" to lie to their parents.
Mrs. Hoffman filed a lawsuit against the Broward County School District for teaching "inappropriate behavior in sex education classes." The Florida courts agreed, and ruled that the county's schools were failing to uphold state statutes.
The Hoffmans uncovered abuses that included the flagrant promotion of abortion. They found materials encouraging girls to carry condoms and offering detailed information about abortions.
In the settlement, the Broward County school board agreed to stop promoting abortion and to include abstinence education that emphasizes monogamous, heterosexual marriage. The board promised to require district personnel to follow sex education curriculum guidelines as outlined in Florida's state statutes.