The Glendale Board of Education voted Tuesday to expand the sex education curriculum in Glendale secondary schools and to initiate sex education discussions in elementary schools for the first time.
The unanimous vote was made without comment and followed the acceptance of last month's report of a committee of parents, teachers and community representatives. The report said sexuality including AIDS and masturbation should be discussed in district elementaries.
A committee of teachers will meet beginning this month to design a limited sexual education curriculum for fifth- and sixth-graders and more comprehensive programs for junior high school and high school students.
The expanded courses will advise students to abstain from sex before marriage but also teaches them about birth control and the dangers of sexually transmitted diseases, school officials say.