board oks ‘ab­sti­nence Plus’

Austin American-Statesman - - LOCAL BRIEFING -

Trustees aban­doned the district’s ab­sti­nence-only sex ed­u­ca­tion cur­ricu­lum Mon­day and ap­proved teach­ing “ab­sti­nence plus” for mid­dle and high school stu­dents this fall.

Un­der the new cur­ricu­lum, teach­ers will em­pha­size ab­sti­nence as the best way to avoid preg­nancy and sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted dis­eases but will also pro­vide in­for­ma­tion about con­tra­cep­tion. As be­fore, par­ents may opt their child out of the teach­ing.

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