published Saturday, May 25th, 2013

Refusing sex survey costing Georgia federal funds

ATLANTA — Georgia stands to lose $1.8 million in funding because state officials refuse to participate in a federal survey that asks high school and middle school students about their sexual history.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Gov. Nathan Deal and the state Department of Education have decided it’s inappropriate for school children as young as 12 to answer questions about whether they use condoms and how many sexual partners they have had.

The questions are part of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey and Georgia has refused to participate since the 1990s. This year participation is tied to federal grants for programs to prevent sexually transmitted diseases.

Deal spokesman Brian Robinson says the governor doesn’t want the money if it’s tied to policies that “run contrary to Georgia values.”

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