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Pass the REACH Act

Right now, 29 states require sex education in schools—and Illinois isn’t one of them.

Illinois students need and deserve comprehensive, inclusive, and age-appropriate instruction that will help them be safe and healthy at all ages.

When passed, the Responsible Education for Adolescent and Children’s Health (REACH) Act will require that comprehensive, inclusive, and age-appropriate sex education is taught in grades K through 12 in public and charter schools statewide.

When the REACH Act becomes law, it will:

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Require instruction is tailored according to grade level, to ensure that the curriculum is age and developmentally appropriate.

Allow instruction to be phased in so that schools have adequate time and resources to implement high quality programs.

Keep control local, putting final curriculum decisions and implementation plans into the hands of individual school districts.

Why do we need the REACH Act?

The REACH act will:

  • ensure that sex education addresses the experiences and needs of all youth in our schools, including students with disabilities;
  • will ensure that sex education does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, religion, gender expression, gender identity, or sexual orientation;
  • allow teachers to answer questions from students, relying on evidenced-based resources that are consistent with their school’s curriculum.

Education & Outreach at Planned Parenthood of Illinois

Planned Parenthood of Illinois offers education, programs, and resources to bring sexual health information directly to people in our communities. Educators work in schools, social service organizations, professional organizations, and faith organizations, helping people develop healthy, responsible attitudes and behaviors regarding sexuality.

PPIL now offers virtual education options. Learn more about their new series for parents, guardians, and caretakers Real Talk: Creating Healthy Conversations with Young People.