Olathe — The Johnson County Commission has accepted a grant for abstinence-focused sex education but rejected funds for instruction on contraceptives.
The rejected part of the program would have included information about contraceptives for at-risk teenagers. It had been allocated about $45,000 of the $500,000 three-year federal grant.
The Kansas City Star reports that the abstinence-focused program for children ages 11 to 13 won approval and moves forward this fall. The after-school classes will require parents' permission and involve a program for parents.
Last year the commission rejected a $300,000 federal grant intended to reduce teen pregnancy because Planned Parenthood was the lead organization. This year the money is administered by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, which targeted the three counties with the highest rates of teen pregnancy.