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Andy Kopsa will travel to Mississippi, which is both the nation’s most religious state and the one with the highest teen pregnancy rate. To address this issue, the Mississippi Legislature passed HB 999, which mandated, for the first time ever, that sex education be taught in public schools. Kopsa, who has written for the Ms. Magazine Blog and Alternet, among other outlets, will profile communities in Oxford and Jackson as they seek to fulfill the state’s new mandate amid a significant religious backlash.


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