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Shen grad speaks in Washington about sex education

A 2012 Shenendehowa High School graduate spoke Tuesday on Capitol Hill about abstinence education, which has been a hot topic recently at the Clifton Park-based school district.

Local teen Sarah Koniszewski spoke at a briefing along with Miss America 2011, Teresa Scanlan, about sexual risk avoidance education, a sex education program that emphasizes abstinence as the best possible option for healthy teens. Many local school districts, including Shenendehowa, teach a different program that encourages abstinence but also teaches teens the proper way to use birth control and how to protect themselves against sexually transmitted diseases.

The briefing, which congressional staff attended, was hosted by The Family Research Council, the National Abstinence Education Association and Concerned Women for America.

The organizations spoke about the Abstinence Education Reallocation Act, which is currently in committee in both houses of Congress. It was introduced in 2011 in the House and last year in the Senate.

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