RALEIGH - North Carolina's State Board of Education approved a plan to distribute about $800,000 to 19 rural public school districts to help teach children to abstain from sex. The federal money will focus on students in grades 4 through 6 who are at increased risk for bearing children out of wedlock.
The federal health overhaul aka "Obamacare" extends the current program that allows for states to distribute funds for the purpose of teaching abstinence education.
Participating school systems are in Alleghany, Anson, Ashe, Bertie, Bladen, Caldwell, Duplin, Edenton/Chowan, Edgecombe, Greene, Halifax, Lee, Lenoir, Richmond, Robeson, Scotland, and Swain counties. The two others eligible are Nash/Rocky Mount Schools and Robeson County Charter School.