Most Mississippi districts choose abstinence for sex ed

More than half of Mississippi’s school districts have chosen an abstinence-only approach to sex education, starting in the upcoming school year.

Eighty-one districts have chosen that approach, according to a list released Friday by the state Department of Education. Seventy-one have chosen abstinence-plus, which could include the mention of contraception — but still without any demonstration of condoms.

Three districts are taking a split approach, with abstinence-only for younger grades and abstinence-plus for older grades.