06/08/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

In Colorado Springs, Abstinence-Only Education Still Prevails

The 2007 legislation may have been a victory for advocates of comprehensive sex education in Colorado. But in the larger war over what gets taught in D-11 schools, it's clear that abstinence-until-marriage advocates are still winning.

At Coronado, the unit in ninth-grade health class on sexuality and dating lasts 14 or 15 class periods, with one or two devoted to sexually transmitted infections and contraceptives. Peggy Vigil, who coordinates D-11's health curriculum, explains the goal is to provide a balanced, "abstinence-plus" curriculum. Outside speakers bolster the message delivered in class and often deliver the most updated information.

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