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.