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'Abstinence-Plus' Growing in Texas

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A shift is occurring in Texas as more school districts move from abstinence-only sex education programs to a comprehensive approach that teaches about condoms and other contraceptives, according to an advocacy group's study of state data.

In 2007, about 4 percent of the state's school districts used comprehensive programs, according to a study by the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund, a research group that supports the approach known as abstinence-plus. A more recent analysis, based on data from a Texas Education Agency health education survey, found that nearly 25 percent of districts had abstinence-plus programs in 2010.

The TEA says the group's research is probably accurate.

Vol. 31, Issue 15, Page 4

Published in Print: January 11, 2012, as 'Abstinence-Plus' Growing in Texas
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