Clarke County School Board Puts off Vote on Sex Ed

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - The Clarke County school board is considering
whether to adopt two new sex education programs.

The material includes information about birth control and contraception to reduce the risk of sexually transmitted diseases. If approved, teachers could begin training this spring or fall.

A vote scheduled for Thursday night was postponed for a week so the board could get more public comments. Speakers who wish to
address the board about the program must notify the district before next Thursday's meeting and are limited to three minutes each.

The school board voted more than a year ago to do away with the
long-standing policy of abstinence-only sex education. School officials say abstinence still would be taught as a proven method
of avoiding pregnancy and disease.

Clarke County's teen pregnancy rate is among Georgia's highest - 1 out of every 3 girls becoming pregnant before age 20.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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