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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina’s school board is expected to distribute about $800,000 to 19 rural public school districts to help teach children to abstain from sex.

The State Board of Education is scheduled to decide Thursday on a plan to distribute the federal money that will focus on students in grades 4 through 6 who are at increased risk for bearing children out of wedlock and academic failure.

A little-known feature of the federal health overhaul law commonly called “Obamacare” extends through next year the program that distributes money to states to teach abstinence education.

The school systems are in Alleghany, Anson, Ashe, Bertie, Bladen, Caldwell, Duplin, Edenton/Chowan, Edgecombe, Greene, Halifax, Lee, Lenoir, Richmond, Robeson, Scotland, and Swain counties. The two others eligible are Nash/Rocky Mount Schools and Robeson County Charter School.

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