MS School Chooses "Abstinance Only" Education Policy
The Tupelo Public School District has updated its sex-education policy to keep it in line with a new state law.
The law, signed by then-Gov. Haley Barbour in 2011, requires all districts in the state to teach either abstinence-only or abstinence-plus sex education courses. Districts have until June 30 to decide.
Tupelo's School Board voted at Tuesday's regular meeting to continue teaching abstinence-only sexual education, as it has been doing since at least 2000. The board adopted a few minor changes in the existing policy to match the language in House Bill 999.
Interim Superintendent David Meadows says the reason Tupelo chose the abstinence-only route is that it allows greater flexibility.