Lawmakers approve sex ed changes

June 25, 2009 1:02:58 PM PDT
North Carolina lawmakers narrowly agreed to changes in the way state public schools teach sex education Thursday.All districts must teach abstinence until marriage, but they'll also be able to give information on contraception to prevent pregnancy and disease.

Parents who want to opt out of the more detailed information will be allowed to keep their kids out of class.

The legislation affects grades seven through nine. Governor Beverly Perdue is expected to sign the bill into law.