Study: Mississippi parents favor sex ed

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — Nearly all parents of Mississippi public school children agree – sex education is needed.

The Clarion-Ledger reports a study by Social Science Research Center at Mississippi State University found that 92 percent of parents support age-appropriate sex education.

State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier said what makes the number impressive is it’s difficult to get 92 percent of people to agree on anything.

This past spring, state lawmakers approved sex education for Mississippi’s public schools, leaving it to districts to decide whether students will be taught abstinence-only or “abstinence-plus” education. The programs are to be in place by next fall.