ERIC Number: ED307343
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Improving Educational Opportunities for Pregnant and Parenting Students: A Report on a Survey of Policies, Programs, and Plans for Pregnant and Parenting Students in Nine Urban School Districts.
McGee, Elizabeth A.; Archer, Elayne
This report describes a survey, conducted winter 1987-88, of policies, practices, programs, and plans for pregnant and parenting students in nine urban school districts. Interviews were conducted with administrators in superintendents' offices, in dropout prevention planning, and in programs for pregnant and parenting students. Among the findings were the following: (1) administrator's knowledge of this group of students is uneven; (2) support for young mothers is more limited than support for pregnant girls; (3) assistance for pregnant and parenting students is usually organized as innovations in service delivery rather than as improvements in institutional policies; (4) pregnant and parenting dropouts get shortchanged in programs set up to respond to student pregnancy; (5) dropout prevention initiatives slight the needs of pregnant and parenting students; (6) coordination among public sector agencies working with teenage mothers is limited; and (7) administrators' proposals and plans for improving help to pregnant and parenting students do not pay adequate attention to policy reform and interagency collaboration. Recommendations for improving young mothers' educational opportunities are offered. (BJV)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Administrator Role, Agency Cooperation, Ancillary School Services, Dropout Prevention, Early Parenthood, Policy Formation, Pregnant Students, Program Development, School Districts, Secondary Education, Social Services, Student Needs, Unwed Mothers, Urban Education
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Academy for Educational Development, Inc., New York, NY. School Services Div.