Nebraska Education Department Declines to Renew CDC Grant for AIDS Education
The Nebraska Department of Education will make "no attempt to renew" a CDC AIDS-prevention program that trained teachers and community health workers how to educate students about preventing HIV with contraceptive use, the Associated Press reports. Education Commissioner Doug Christensen told the state Board of Education on Thursday night that the four-year, $250,000-per-year grant program would not be renewed when it expires in November. Education Board member Kathy Wilmot stated that the program's advocacy of condoms as a method of preventing HIV transmission "conflicted" with the state's 1997 policy that permits only abstinence to be taught. When the board voted not to change that policy, Christensen informed them that the CDC grant may not be renewed (Associated Press, 8/10).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.