Will the No Child Left Behind rewrite reduce campus sexual assault?

The House and Senate have now both passed the Every Student Succeeds Act — a rewrite of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind Act.

The bill easily cleared the Senate on Wednesday with a vote of 85-12 and is now headed to President Obama’s desk.

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Promoted by SunTrustWhile the new law would directly relate to primary and secondary schooling across the nation, the effects would also be seen at the university level in terms of curriculum requirements intended to prepare students for higher learning, and, according to Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, an eventual decrease in the number of sexual assaults on college campuses.

Sens. Kaine (D-Va.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) introduced the Teach Safe Relationships Act — a provision included in ESSA — on the notion that high school sexual education can help significantly reduce the number of sexual assaults that take place on college campuses, by not only teaching about, “reproductive biology,” Kaine said, but including, “more about relationships and behaviors, what is consent and what is coercion, and where to go if you need help.”

In a recent conference call with college students across Virginia, Kaine asserted that, “if there was more education at the high school level in sex ed or health classes…[and] students came equipped with that information when they went to college, or into the military, or into the work world, it would help young people avoid sexual assault.”
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