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Let’s talk about sex education and women’s health.
Until 2010, the only federal funding provided for sex education in schools was the Abstinence-only-until-marriage program. AOUM was established in 1982 and is the most federally funded sex education program in our country.
Many states have taken it upon themselves to fund and create more science-based and prevention-based sex education courses.
Teenage pregnancy in the United States has declined in recent years. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention published a study in 2017 showing a 7% drop in the birth rate among teenage girls aged 15-17.
Although teenage birth rates are declining in the United States, socioeconomic status and sex education play a role in the high number of teenage births, Cal Matters reported late last year. Read their report here.
Over the years, laws have been passed to ensure young mothers can complete their education. In 2016, California passed a law requiring schools to provide breastfeeding housing for teen moms (and teacher moms) on campus. State lawmakers developed these laws last year.
So, we want to know, how’s your high school? Are there enough resources on campus? Are the rooms comfortable and private? Are young student parents informed of their rights?
You can respond to our short surveyor if you have direct experience with this, contact us.
We are also setting up listening sessions to learn more about this and other education issues. Would you like to invite us into your community? If you would like the Ed Lab to come for a listening session, please contact us at [email protected].
What else is happening in education in California?
Last week, we asked readers if the SAT and ACT should be required for college admission?
A total of 56 people responded to our survey. Here’s what we heard from those who responded. 67.9% said yes, while 32.1% said no. I also did a mini poll on Twitter and there 81.8% said it shouldn’t be mandatory.
It’s an interesting topic with potentially far-reaching consequences, so the debate is far from over.
If you would like to participate in this debate, our online survey remains open until February 19. You can take it here.
Also in the news
In case you missed it!
Reedley College last week made national news when CBS this morning took a look at a story first reported by The Fresno Bee Ed Lab’s Monica Velez on a partnership project between the college and Boeing train a new generation of pilots and develop an all-electric aircraft. Check out the CBS story here.
“A Completely Different Place”
The Fresno Bees Cresencio Rodriguez-Delgado deepened efforts in Fresno-area schools to create career paths for students to land better-paying jobs and increase industry investment in the “booming” Central San Joaquin Valley . Read the story here.
Censored Fresno Trustee, Slatic Eye Trial
Monica Velez also broke the news last week in this report. besieged Unified Fresno curator Terry Slatic continues to struggle against the censorship imposed on it last year by its board members. In an exclusive interview, Slatic said his decision to file a formal claim for damages was a last-ditch effort to undo the censorship before suing the school district he was elected to represent.
Mother and daughter received the President’s Medal of Distinction
The Fresno Bee Ed Lab attended the University’s State Breakfast at Fresno State on Tuesday morning. While there, President Joseph I. Castro presented the President’s Medal of Distinction to Joan Eaton and her 96-year-old mother, Virginia Eaton. The ceremony took place at the Save Mart Center in front of 750 community leaders.
Gender discrimination in physical education?
Gov. Gavin Newsom last week proposed suspending some physical education tests for students for three years, arguing that the tests can lead to bullying of transgender and special education students and body shaming. Sophia Bollag and Sawsan Morrar of the Sacramento Bee explain the idea here.
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The week ahead
Watch for an announcement about a third Fresno Bee Ed Lab reporter and a new report from Monica Velez examining a unique, decades-old student career program that continues to achieve impressive results. .
Till next time,
Education Lab Engagement Reporter
The Education Lab is a grassroots journalism initiative that highlights education issues critical to the advancement of the San Joaquin Valley. It is funded by donors. Learn more about the Bee Education Lab here.
This story was originally published February 12, 2020 6:36 a.m.