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Labor Day weekend has a special significance for alligator hunters in Mississippi. A few days into the start of this year's hunting season, a record-setting 756-pound gator was caught by Robert MahaffeyMore >>
Labor Day weekend has a special significance for alligator hunters in Mississippi. A few days into the start of this year's hunting season, a record-setting 756-pound gator was caught by Robert Mahaffey of Brandon in the first weekend of the season.More >>
JACKSON, MS (AP) -
More than half of Mississippi's school districts have chosen an abstinence-only approach to sex education, starting in the upcoming school year.
A list released Friday by the state Department of Education shows 81 districts have chosen that approach. Seventy-one have chosen abstinence-plus, which could include the mention of contraception - but still without any demonstration of condoms.
Three districts are taking a split approach, with abstinence-only for younger grades and abstinence-plus for older grades.
Mississippi has long had one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in the nation. A 2011 state law requires school districts to teach some sort of sex education, beginning in the 2012-13 academic year. Districts had a June 30 deadline to choose abstinence-only or abstinence-plus.
Parents must give permission for their children to take the classes.
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