Benton County School District Adopts CHART!

The Benton County School District (Priority 1) is the first district in the state to adopt the Creating Healthy and Responsible Teens (CHART) Sex Education Policy. District Superintendent Patrick Washington informed me that the school board voted to adopt the policy this past Tuesday (5/10)….

Barbour Signs Mississippi Sex Education Bill Into Law

By The Associated Press The Clarion-Ledger–March 17, 2011 Gov. Haley Barbour has signed into law a bill that requires school districts to teach some form of sex education. The bill says districts shall choose between teaching abstinence or abstinence-plus, which includes information about contraceptives and…

New Legislation Affects CHART

I am writing to inform you about a recent development that may have a significant impact on our effort to reduce teen pregnancy and STD rates in Mississippi. As many of you know, Mississippi First has recently launched the Creating Healthy and Responsible Teens (CHART) initiative….

Mandatory Sex Ed: Almost There

[Rachel is interviewed in this new JFP article about Sex Education in Mississippi.] By Adam Lynch  The Jackson Free Press–March 14, 2011 The Mississippi Senate and House of Representatives are awaiting the governor’s signature on a bill forcing all local public-school boards to adopt a…

Mississippi House OKs Final Version of Sex Ed Bill

By The Associated Press  The Hattiesburg American–March 8, 2011 JACKSON — The Mississippi House sent a sex education bill to the governor. Under the bill, districts must choose to teach either abstinence only or “abstinence plus,” which includes health information about contraceptives. The House voted…

Mississippi Senate OKs version of sex ed bill

By SHELIA BYRD – Associated Press  The Sun-Harold–March 4, 2011 JACKSON — A sex education bill approved Thursday in the state Senate would ban school officials from demonstrating how to use condoms and require parental permission before students can be in the class. The Senate…

Mississippi House passes school sex education bill

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…

Lawmakers Tackle Teen Pregnancy

By Lacey McLaughlin  The Jackson Free Press–January 14, 2011 A 13-year-old Jackson Public Schools student kisses her 30-year-old boyfriend as he drops her off at school one morning. When school officials call the teen’s mother. She shows little concern saying, “He takes care of her,…

In Search of a Solution to Teen Pregnancy

By Melissa M. Scallan The Sun Herald–November 27, 2010 Gulfport, Miss.–Charleena Rogers got pregnant in May 2009 but didn’t tell anyone until she visited her mother in California at Christmas that year, and her mother figured it out. She had no prenatal care for the…

Rachel Weighs in on Sex Education Policy

[Rachel is interviewed in this new JFP article about teen birth in Mississippi.] Kids Having Kids by Lacey McLaughlin Jackson Free Press–November 17, 2010 Ollie Jackson’s baby, Lauryn, sleepily rubs her eyes as she sits on her 19-year-old father’s lap during a football game at…