The North Carolina Senate could expand how students receive sex education in public schools.
The Senate on Monday has scheduled the first of two votes for a bill that would require schools to offer children in grades seven though nine one curriculum focused on abstinence until marriage and another with more about contraception. Parents would choose either one for their child or none at all.
The measure passed the House last month, and if there are no changes by the Senate, it would go on to Gov. Beverly Perdue for her signature.
The Senate also considers Monday whether schools must adopt detailed anti-bullying policies. The legislation is opposed by conservative Christians who said it would advance special protections for gay people.