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Mississippi Sex Education: An Investigative Series
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Mississippi Sex Education: An Investigative Series

In a six month long investigation, the Southern Education Desk conducted dozens of interviews and relied on open records requests to obtain hundreds of documents. SED found an inaccurate curricula approval process and hundreds of thousands of dollars in exclusive grants may have resulted in a payday for a for-profit abstinence education company. Results for students are yet to be seen.

The sex education committee made mistakes while reviewing programs. If scoring had been accurate, four programs that were approved for Mississippi schools would not have made the cut.  Photo by Stephanie Terrell.
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Mississippi Sex Education: Half Of Districts’ Programs Don’t Meet State Requirements

An investigation by the Southern Education Desk has found that the committee appointed by the Mississippi Department of Education to evaluate sex education programs for the state’s schools made mistakes in the approval process.

This is the first year all school districts in Mississippi are required to teach sex education. The question is: will it work? Photo by Black Glenn via Flickr.
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Mississippi Sex Education: Is What’s Being Taught Effective?

This is the first year that Mississippi has mandated sex education in all of its schools, trying to bring down its worst-in-the-nation teen pregnancy rate. But 75 percent of districts are teaching programs without a proven track record and critics argue that is handicapping the state’s sex education efforts. (Part one of a three-part investigative series)

Nashville Community Opens Up About Teen Sexuality
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Nashville Community Opens Up About Teen Sexuality

Parents, school administrators, university counselors and therapists gathered at an Adolescent Sexual Responsibility conference in Nashville to discuss sexual health among Tennessee’s teens.

Cristen Hemmins and other PLUS Parents rallied for evidence-based sex education is Oxford Public Schools. Photo by Annie Gilbertson.
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Sex Ed Decision Reversed in Oxford, Miss.

The Oxford Public School Board has reversed its previous decision on teaching sex education and district schools will now teach “Abstinence Plus” rather than just “Abstinence Only.” Mississippi public schools have until Friday to submit their sex education choice to state officials.

Friday Reading List: Birmingham School Board Taken Over
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Friday Reading List: Birmingham School Board Taken Over

Birmingham school board effectively taken over by the Alabama Department of Education until investigation of the board’s governance is complete; Alabama legislature limits the length of school year and allows flexibility for longer days; creation of a statewide school building authority was shot down by the Louisiana legislature.

Mississippi lawmakers say something had to be done, but will new sex education law actually lower rates of teen pregnancy? Photo by Polina Sergeeva via Flickr.
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“Pregnant In The Classroom:” A Special Series On Sex Education In Mississippi Schools

Next school year marks the first time sex education is required to be taught in Mississippi schools. Before this mandate, only a fraction of teens received formal sex education and classroom programs varied widely both in approach and accuracy.

Pregnant In The Classroom: What If Sex Ed Doesn’t Work?
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Pregnant In The Classroom: What If Sex Ed Doesn’t Work?

Mississippi lawmakers are confident the new sex ed law will reduce teen pregnancy and STD contraction, but what happens if numbers don’t change?