|Published:||Oct 01, 2010 3:43 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Oct 01, 2010 12:43 PM EDT|
MIAMI (AP) - For the first time in more than a decade, the federal government is funding sex education programs that aren't based solely on abstinence. But they're not just about handing out condoms, either.
Beginning this school year, a five-year, $375 million grant is being divided among 28 programs that have been proven to lower the pregnancy rate among participants, no matter their focus. About half the programs aim to boost teens' academics and get them involved in extracurricular activities.
Advocates believe this "above the waist" approach gives kids the tools to help them succeed in school and make better life decisions, especially about sex.
But abstinence advocates say the programs are misguided and worry 169 abstinence programs will lose funding as a result.