Passed in 2011, Mississippi’s Sex Education Law (Miss. Code Ann. Section 37-13-171) mandated for the first time that public school districts adopt a sex education policy.
What the Law Includes
A district policy must be either abstinence-plus or abstinence-only and implement a sex education curriculum approved by the Mississippi Department of Education. The law also contains implementation requirements that all school districts must follow, such as the separation of girls and boys for sex education classes and the requirement that parents opt-in their child for sex education classes.
The law included a repealer for July 1, 2016, meaning that this law would no longer exist after that time. During the 2016 session, the Legislature voter to extend the repealer for five more years.
About the CHART Initiative
Unfortunately, the bill did not provide additional funding to school districts to carry out its mandate. But thanks to nonprofit and government partners, federal funding was secured that allows districts to implement the Creating Healthy and Responsible Teens (CHART) initiative at no cost.
CHART complies with the state’s sex ed law, and training and technical assistance are provided to ensure that each CHART district remains in compliance. Review the requirements specific to the CHART initiative.