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Mississippi school districts to teach sex education this year

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Over half of Mississippi's school districts have chosen an abstinence approach to sex education starting this the State Department of Education released a list Friday showing 81 districts that have chosen that approach.

Seventy one districts have chosen the abstinence plus; a word on contraception without any demonstration of condoms.

Three districts chose a split approach; abstinence only for younger grades and abstinence plus for older grades.

Mississippi has had the highest rates of teenage pregnancy in the nation.

A 2011 state law requires school districts to teach some sort of sex education starting this academic year.

Parents must give permission for their children to take the classes.

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