Faced With Stubbornly High Teen Pregnancy Rates, Oklahoma Starts Expanding Comprehensive Sex Ed
This fall, Oklahoma’s second-largest city will begin a comprehensive pregnancy prevention initiative in its public schools. The Tulsa school board voted to approve the new sex ed program on Tuesday night.
Under the new program, three outside organizations – Youth Services of Tulsa, the Tulsa Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, and the Tulsa City-County Health Department – will offer comprehensive sex ed courses to 7th, 9th, and 11th grade students at four different schools. The course is optional, and parents must give their consent in order for their children to participate. If the pilot program is successful, it will be expanded to other schools in the area, and the outside educators will eventually pass off the curriculum to public school teachers.
“We really view the teen pregnancy prevention program as a drop out prevention program. This is really going to help students stay in school, finish school, go onto college, get good jobs, make Tulsa a better place to live,” Kim Schutz, the director of the Tulsa Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, explained.
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