NDE Health Standards

BE AN ADVOCATE

For Effective Health Education in Nebraska

BE AN ADVOCATE

For Effective Health Education in Nebraska

The Nebraska Department of Education is leading a group of educators (teachers, administrators, ESU staff, postsecondary representatives) in developing the Nebraska Health Education Standards to create the framework for K-12 health education in our state. The second draft of the standards, “Nebraska Health Education Standards,” was released in July and is a complete departure from what medical experts, education professionals and decades of research clearly demonstrates is effective health education. Read our full response to this draft. NDE is led by an elected board, who will ultimately vote on these health standards. Your advocacy on this issue is important to ensure all students have access to health education that is effective, inclusive and complete.

From a comprehensive health education framework, youth need:

  • Access to age-appropriate and honest health information to help students navigate sexual development, protect their health and plan for their futures.
  • Complete and age-appropriate introductions to a range of concepts, including gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, STI and pregnancy prevention, and safety lessons on consent and safe touch to minimize sexual abuse.
  • Inclusive, equitable health education that creates a protective school environment for all students.

The Women’s Fund supports age-appropriate, complete and honest health education that is inclusive of all students and supports their well-being. View the full list of Nebraska-based community and youth-serving organizations that support essential elements of health education.

HOW TO ADVOCATE

We need your voice to advocate for high quality,
effective health education for young people.

We, the undersigned individuals, support the implementation of Nebraska Health Education Standards that contribute to all students’ physical and emotional well-being and academic success. We support Health Education Standards that provide:

  • Access to age-appropriate and honest health information to help students navigate sexual development, protect their health and plan for their futures.
  • Complete and age-appropriate introductions to a range of concepts, including gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, STI and pregnancy prevention, and safety lessons on consent and safe touch to minimize sexual abuse.
  • Inclusive, equitable health education that creates a protective school environment for all students.
NDE Health Standards

CONTACT

Contact your state board of education member to let them know you support age-appropriate, complete and inclusive health education standards.

LEARN

Learn more about how effective health education supports students’ well-being.

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Share why you support effective health education on social media.

State Board of Education Members Contact Information

P.O. Box 94987
Lincoln, NE 68509-4987
402-416-3374
patsy.kochjohns@nebraska.gov

P.O. Box 94987
Lincoln, NE 68509-4987
lisa.fricke@nebraska.gov

P.O. Box 94987
Lincoln, NE 68509-4987
402-649-1265
patti.gubbels@nebraska.gov

P.O. Box 94987
Lincoln, NE 68509-4987
817-247-4563
jacquelyn.r.morrison@nebraska.gov

P.O. Box 94987
Lincoln, NE 68509-4987
402-228-4054
patricia.timm@nebraska.gov

P.O. Box 94987
Lincoln, NE 68509-4987
308-380-3919
maureen.nickels@nebraska.gov

P.O. Box 94987
Lincoln, NE 68509-4987
402-615-4095
robin.stevens@nebraska.gov

P.O. Box 94987
Lincoln, NE 68509-4987
402-215-9139
deborah.neary@nebraska.gov

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Contact the Board

Comprehensive sex education is sexual violence prevention. Contact your Nebraska State Board of Education Member in support of inclusive, complete, honest and equitable health education. Speak up today! https://www.omahawomensfund.org/nde-health-standards/#contact-info

Sex education saves lives! Young people deserve effective health education that is complete, honest and inclusive to protect their health and plan for their futures. Be an advocate! Contact Your State Board of Education Member to support today: https://www.omahawomensfund.org/nde-health-standards/#contact-info

Inclusive and honest sex education provides all young people with skills and information to make informed decisions. Advocate for a better future for Nebraska youth! Let your State Board of Education Member know that you support effective health education: https://www.omahawomensfund.org/nde-health-standards/#contact-info

Sign the Petition

Inclusive sex education matters. In fact, it is life-saving. Support effective health education by signing our petition now: http://bit.ly/HealthStandardsPetition

It’s past time for schools in Nebraska to update their health standards to reflect the lived realities of all young people. Our youth deserve schools where they feel seen, heard and respected. Support effective education in Nebraska today: http://bit.ly/HealthStandardsPetition

Comprehensive sex education is sexual violence prevention. Sign our petition to support effective health education in Nebraska: http://bit.ly/HealthStandardsPetition

Health education that is age-appropriate, complete and inclusive should be the standard for all students in Nebraska. Sign our petition to support effective health education today: http://bit.ly/HealthStandardsPetition

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MESSAGES OF SUPPORT

Age appropriate, honest information regarding sexual development is needed: just because some feel it should be taught in the home does not mean that these subjects are taught in the home.

— Sheri

Health education that fails to acknowledge and celebrate the diversity of Nebraska families isn't teaching personal health and wellbeing, and it isn't teaching young people how to be engaged members of society. All youth and their families deserve to be represented in public education.

— Ace

As a former youth advocate and a current attorney working on juvenile justice issues, I have come to understand comprehensive LGBTQ+ inclusive sexual health education as a key to healthy adolescent development. Sex education is a public safety issue and should be widely available to all young people.

— Vic

Education is vital for students to be able to understand their own bodies and needs, and those of the people around them. Inclusive standards make everyone safer and smarter!

— Anna

I have seen too many children, adolescents and young adults suffer effects of poor health outcomes that result from incomplete education in these areas. Thorough educational programs are vital in promoting good health behaviors, protecting individual rights and freedoms, and providing a safer more inclusive environment in which Nebraska's children can learn effectively.

— Amy

I have an LGBT child going into high school and I feel that her earlier school years could have been much better with much less bullying had she and her fellow classmates been properly educated on the subject.

— Rose

Anti-LGBTQ+ bias is a public health issue that needs to be addressed. LGBTQ+ youth and families deserve to belong and have adequate health and sex education in the same way that all youth deserve to have comprehensive, inclusive, medically accurate sex education and sexual health promotion along with other areas of health education. Those who oppose inclusion and education should not trample on the rights and needs of others.

— Patricia

I grew up in central Nebraska, and these health standards would have made a world of difference in recognizing and prioritizing my own health, identity, sexuality and worth in relationships.

— Isabel

Sex education can feel uncomfortable to many of us who grew up without it and in a culture where certain topics feel taboo, but I believe whole heartedly that honest and age-appropriate education can help create positive outcomes for the next generation.

— Jessica

When students are left to find this info on their own, they get all kinds of misinformation or information couched in toxic misogynistic terms. The majority of parents and families want this education to be happening in schools.

— Betsy