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Teen pregnancies are up in the Beloit School District

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Steve Benton
March 4, 2009
— The number of teen pregnancies for students in the Beloit School District spiked at 52 last year, which has administrators concerned.

Director of Student Services, Chris Wesling, says there are already 35 pregnancies this school year and according to information from the Rock County Health Department, the number of sexually transmitted infections is also up in the county and Beloit leads the statistics.


Although there are a number of factors involved, including family attitudes about sex, Wesling says you can see the jump from 18 pregnancies in the 2003-04 school year to 37 the following year linked to the school board's decision to drop the comprehensive human growth and development unit of the curriculum. Board members couldn't decide whether abstinence, or a combination of abstinence and prevention should be taught, so they just dropped it.



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