ERIC Number: ED248607
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Addressing Teenage Pregnancy and Parenthood.
Greene, Brenda Z.
Updating School Board Policies, v15 n7 Jul-Aug 1984
The theme article of this issue, "Addressing Teenage Pregnancy and Parenthood" by Brenda Greene, explains that pregnant students and those who are already parents have the same legal rights to public education as do all other students. To meet this responsibility and to lower dropout rates, schools need to make educational opportunities available to these students. Characteristics of successful programs are presented. Janet Horton in "A Dilemma for School Boards: Employees Who Are Unwed Parents," summarizes court decisions holding that school systems cannot dismiss an unwed parent based on the assumptions of immorality or because the individual is seen as an unfit role model for students. The first of the remaining two short articles informs school systems that, legally, pregnancy and childbirth are considered medically related problems and qualify for sick and disability leave. However, parenting does not, and the option to take unpaid child care leave must be available to men if it is available to women. The last article advises that the authorization of all televised school events and the approval of program content, commercials, and commentators can give school systems more control over what and how school events are televised. (MLF)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Descriptive; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National School Boards Association, Washington, DC. Educational Policies Service.