Iowa public schools update curriculum but grapple with Republican-controlled Statehouse when it comes to outside agency-led classes.

Experts have found using evidence-based curriculum correlates with lower rates of sexually transmitted diseases, lower rates of unwanted pregnancies and other decreased risk factors associated with unsafe sex.

“When I think of sex ed, I think of a really old-school, pre-internet term,” district Health and Wellness Supervisor Stephanie Neff said. “With technology and easy access to all kinds of things at kids’ fingertips, really the emphasis is more on the navigation of available resources” online.