By Molly Parker 

The Clarion Legder – February 9, 2011

The Mississippi House narrowly passed a bill that would require all school boards to adopt a sex education policy by the start of the 2012 school year.

Districts could decide between an abstinence-plus or an abstinence-only education but would need to have a sex-ed curriculum on the books approved by the state Department of Education.

Parents could elect to opt their children out of the instruction.

House Bill 999 passed 54-53 but was held for reconsideration. A similar effort failed last year.

Under the bill, the teachings would be “grade, age and developmentally appropriate” as defined by the Department of Education.


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