Family life education curricula; local school board to implement in grades kindergarten through 12. (HB159)

Introduced By

Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke) with support from co-patrons Del. Debra Rodman (D-Henrico), Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church), Del. Roslyn Tyler (D-Jarratt), Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale), and Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Local school boards; family life education curricula. Requires each local school board to implement a comprehensive, sequential family life education curriculum in grades kindergarten through 12 that is consistent with the family life education Standards of Learning or curriculum guidelines developed by the Board of Education and removes from such standards and guidelines the requirement for instruction in the benefits, challenges, responsibilities, and value of marriage for men, women, children, and communities; abstinence education; the value of postponing sexual activity; and the benefits of adoption as a positive choice in the event of an unwanted pregnancy. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/21/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18102435D
12/21/2017Referred to Committee on Education
01/15/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB159)
01/19/2018Assigned Education sub: Subcommittee #2
02/05/2018Passed by indefinitely in Education (12-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)


LizP, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:


Mark Peterson writes:

The language in this bill strips out all of the classical, Western, moral, and Christian aspects of sexuality and marriage. These concepts are a bedrock of society, and our society, through our state government (to mean schools) should ensure that these get taught to our future adults. Those concepts being considered for deletion are actually pretty solid concepts to live one's life by! Recommend no vote.