New sex ed standards coming to Colo. schools

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DENVER (AP) -- Sex education in Colorado schools is getting a revamp.

Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the changes into law Tuesday.

The measure creates new statewide standards for teaching abstinence and safe sex. Parents would be required to opt out, instead of the current requirement that they approve participation for their children.

The new sex-ed standards also create a grant program to help schools get federal money to implement expanded instruction if they choose.

Republicans in the Legislature unsuccessfully opposed the sex-ed bill because they said the measure infringes on local control.

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