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School board to make decision on sex ed plan

HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Helena school trustees are expected to make a decision Tuesday night on a controversial sex education policy that divided parents over whether it was appropriate material for young children.

School officials have made several changes to the plan, hoping to ease criticism.

Gone is a proposal to teach children in the first grade that people of the same gender can love each other and other controversial instruction.

The revised plan also makes sure that starting in fifth grade educators are clear that abstinence from sex is a "healthy choice" and "the only 100 percent effective way" to avoid pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.