A series of forums are being held statewide to discuss the state of South Carolina's sex education system, the problems it faces, and what school boards can do about it.

The next local forum will take place at the College of Charleston's Education Alumni Center, 86 Wentworth St., on Thursday. A reception begins at 5 p.m. and the panel discussion starts at 6 p.m. The event is sponsored by Tell Them and The New Morning Foundation.

Local participants include: Trish Hutchinson, co-founder of Girlology; Michael Miller, member of the Charleston County School Board; and Phyliss Thornthwaite, coordinator for health and physical education in Berkeley County schools.

Doug Taylor, chief program officer at the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, also will participate.

The forum is a response to a new report, “A Sterling Opportunity: 25 Years after the Comprehensive Health Education Act,” showing the majority of South Carolina school districts aren't in compliance with the reproductive health education aspects of the Comprehensive Health Education Act of 1988.

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