Bronx students rally to ask the city to do more about HIV and AIDS education
Bronx students rallied Thursday from the steps of City Hall to the Department of Education. They feel the city is not doing enough to educate students on HIV and AIDS prevention.
The students handed a petition with more than 1,600 signatures asking the schools chancellor to do more. Many students believe HIV and AIDS prevention classes should become a mandatory requirement for graduating high school. The Department of Education is required by the state to provide HIV and AIDS prevention classes for New York City students. However, a recent survey from Youth Organizers United says 30 percent of students aren?t receiving any AIDS education at all.
Education officials say a new curriculum for students in kindergarten through 12th grade is in the works and they hope to put it into affect by the start of the next school year.