KDHE Declines To Apply For Federal Grants To Fund Sex Education

Some Kansas counties are looking for funding to keep their sex education programs going after state officials declined to apply to renew federal grants.

Counties have used money from Personal Responsibility Education Program grants since 2010 to provide sex education courses in area schools with the goal of preventing teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

Earlier this year, Kansas Department of Health and Environment officials told counties that the state wouldn’t apply for the grants this year.

Department spokeswoman Cassie Sparks says it opted not to apply for funds so it could stop operating as a middle-man by passing money along to local departments. Sparks says the local departments will have a transition period to apply for funds.