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Episode #04

Premature Parenthood - 4

Air date 5/17/12
Host: Dr. Rick deShazo
Guest(s): Representative Cecil Brown (D-Hinds), Therese Hanna, Jimmy Weeks, Sherry Mask, Kathy Mask, Debbie Pickens, Pauline Rhodes

In 2011, the Mississippi legislature approved legislation that required each school district in Mississippi to implement sex education. The districts must decide by June 30 whether they will choose curriculum that teaches abstinence only or abstinence plus. 

 Dr. Rick visits with Representative Cecil Brown (D-Hinds), who spearheaded the effort to approve the sex education legislation.  

 He then meets with officials from two Mississippi school districts. The Lee County school board recently announced its decision to implement abstinence only education. Coahoma County schools will teach abstinence plus, which means they will provide information on contraception and sexually transmitted diseases. 



More information on House Bill 999 - the sex education bill - is available online. This includes all the history and revisions of the bill, along some background information. 



The Mississippi Office of Healthy Schools assists the Mississippi Department of Education with coordinating school health services to 152 school districts. OHS assists in the development of organizations that make the connection between good student health and high academic achievement. They help with the administration of a number of programs, including Safe and Orderly Schools, the Coordinated School Health Program, and the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. 

OHS is crucial to the implementation of House Bill 999. They have provided the following resources for schools to use:

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