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Little-Known ACA Provision Funds N.C. Plan To Teach Abstinence in Schools

Little-Known ACA Provision Funds N.C. Plan To Teach Abstinence in Schools

September 9, 2013 — The North Carolina State Board of Education on Thursday approved a plan for distributing federal funding to rural public school districts to teach students about abstinence, the AP/Raleigh News & Observer reports.

The federal money is available to the state under a little-known provision of the Affordable Care Act (PL 111-148), which extends through 2014 funding that supports abstinence-based sex education.

The board will distribute a total of $800,000 to 19 school districts. The program will focus on children in grades four through six who are considered to be at an increased risk of academic failure and having children outside of marriage (AP/Raleigh News & Observer, 9/5).