Sex-ed program to be implemented into Beaufort County schools

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Continuing on their efforts to decrease unintentional teen pregnancy rates among teens in the Beaufort County School District, school leaders approved a sex-ed curriculum proposal.

(There's been a bit of coverage on this issue. If you've missed it, follow this link to read all you need to know.)

The soon-to-be implemented, five-year program will intake more than $7 million worth of federal funding over its duration in exchange for the county's participation in a teen-pregnancy study. About two dozen of the area's middle schools will now take part in the University of Texas developed pregancy-prevention program: "It's Your Game, Keep it Real."

According to a recent poll conducted by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, 296 Beaufort County woman between the ages of 15-19 were impregnated last year. Furthermore, from 2004 to 2007 teen pregnancies in the county have increased 13%, despite state-wide teen preganancy rates dropping just over 1%.

There's been quite a lot written about the recent decision taken by Beaufort County school system officials. For the most thorough article, give the Packet's story a read.

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