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90 Girls Pregnant At A Memphis High School

Post by NewsOne Staff in The Education Zone on Jan 14, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Memphis, Tennessee– About 90 students at Frayser High School are either pregnant, or have been recently.

According to one group tracking the numbers, Frayser has the highest teen pregnancy rate in Memphis. The new campaign, called “No Baby!” is designed to try to get teen girls and boys to prevent pregnancies; at the same time, Memphis City School officials are working on a way to help students more effectively deal with unplanned pregnancies.

The startling news was confirmed by a high ranking city official and comes as the community plans to roll out a new initiative to help combat the problem.

However, one Frayser High School graduate says teen pregnancy is not a new problem for the school.

“When we would come back from summer break, there would be a thousand people pregnant. We were like, what’s going on?” joked Alicia Williamson, who graduated from Frayser in 2004.

“There were a whole lot of bellies. You had to watch out so you didn’t bump into them. Being 2011, I thought a lot of them would have thought this is not the right way to go, having babies during school time,” she added.

The organization, Girls, Inc. teaches girls about preventing pregnancy.

Deborah Hester Harrison, who heads the organization, says Memphis’ teen pregnancy rate stands at between 15 and 20 percent, almost twice the national average.

In the Frayser zip code, the rate is about 26 percent. Harrison partly blames the media.

Read more at ChicagoTribune.com

Cathie Black’s Solution To School Overcrowding: ‘Birth-Control’

Post by NewsOne Staff in The Education Zone on Jan 14, 2011 at 3:07 pm

New York– Schools Chancellor Cathie Black joked that there’s a simple solution to overcrowding in lower Manhattan – birth control.

“Could we just have some birth control for a while?” Black said Thursday night. “It would really help us.”

Black earned chuckles for the joke at an overcrowding task force meeting, but downtown parents say the growing population of youngsters is no laughing matter.

“I always cringe when I hear that. Joel Klein said it a couple of years ago as well,” said Public School 234 parent Tricia Joyce. “I understand the temptation to joke about it. But our situation isn’t funny any more.”

The problem, parents and advocates charge, is that the city offered incentives to developers to build without also increasing school seats.

Read more at NYdailynews.com

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