This week, the Marshall County School District became the 3rd school district to adopt the CHART abstinence-plus sex ed policy. The district is joining the neighboring Benton County School District in adopting the policy. Along with the Tunica County School District, these three districts will provide their students with evidence-based sex education one year before the new sex ed requirement. All public school districts in the state must adopt and implement an “abstinence-only” or an “abstinence-plus” sex education program by the start of the 2012-13 school year.
Although Marshall County is a “Priority 2” county (those with teen birth rates only slightly above the state averages), district board members and administrators expressed strong interest in adopting the policy. And as we’ve mentioned before, districts that adopt the CHART policy will receive curricula, training, and technical assistance at no cost.
More districts are expected to vote on the policy in the coming weeks. In the meantime, MSF will continue to work with the State Departments of Health and Education to finalize the implementation process for the upcoming year. We will keep you posted as new developments materialize.