ERIC Number: ED338469
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
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Teen Pregnancy: Pennsylvania's Challenge to Rural Schools.
Ledebur, Gary W.; Lawer, Jo Ann R.
In 1984 the Pennsylvania Department of Education notified school districts that they could not deny pregnant or parenting students an education; could not put them on homebound instruction in the absence of medical conditions; and could not place them involuntarily in segregated alternative programs. The state supplied additional funds to start comprehensive programs providing personal, academic, and career counseling; parenting education; health and nutrition education; health care monitoring; child care services; and specialized transportation. Funding from the Job Training Partnership Act was used to supplement services provided by schools. The State Department of Health expanded prenatal care services at public clinics. In rural areas, problems have included funding difficulties due to population sparsity and transportation problems. During its first 4 years, the program served over 10,000 teen parents in over 100 of Pennsylvania's 500 school districts. Although most school district programs are in urban areas, rural areas have been served by area educational agencies. Two program successes are a student retention rate of over 90% and a reduction in the incidence of low birth-weight babies. Program limitations are a low participation by males (about 5%), lack of quality child care, and no attempt to address primary prevention. (SV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Rural Education Symposium of the American Council on Rural Education and the National Rural and Small Schools Consortium (Tucson, AZ, March 18-22, 1990).