Abstinence Only Challenged in Oxford, Currier Weighs InBy Annie Gilbertson | Published 11 Jun 2012 03:57pm |
The Mississippi Department of Health says they only support evidence-based sex ed. Still many communities are opting for other curricula. Photo by Mister Asta vis Flikr.
Mississippi schools have until June 30th to finalize sex education decisions for next school year. The State Health Officer is communicating to parents the importance of evidence-based sex education in schools. MPB's Southern Education Desk Reporter, Annie Gilbertson, has more.
In a letter addressed to a member of the Oxford public school parent group, PLUS Parents, State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier said she supports curricula that "actually have been shown to decrease teen pregnancy." PLUS Parents requested Currier to clarify after two Health Department employees voted in favor of a curriculum that lacks evidence of effectiveness. Currier said these two employees, a social worker and health educator, were not expressing the views of the Health Department. PLUS Parents is using Currier's comments to challenge the sex education committee's decision. Their challenge comes after the Oxford school district initially refused to release the names of committee members and withheld review materials. Both names and materials were eventually released. Oxford Public Schools declined to comment on this story.
Annie Gilbertson, MPB News.
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