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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Maternity Leave for High Schoolers ?

Female High School students in Denver are petitioning the school board for maternity leave of one month to bond with their baby’s before returning back to school to study http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_7899096. Denver has a specific school for pregnant girls but with the highest teen pregnancy rate in the state there is a waiting list. Funny the story never mention measure that are underway to curb this only the “shoot from the hip” emotional responses for the hardships of teen pregnancies. I do find it weird that the regular schools to issue teen mothers “unexcused” absences.

Quotes from the article?


"My initial reaction is if we are punishing girls like that, that is unacceptable," said Nicole Head, one of the counselors who brought the matter to the school board last month. "We've got to do something."
"Day care is very difficult, hard to come by and expensive," Anderson said. "We just work really hard to make sure kids graduate high school. We know it's so important."
Teen mothers face a challenging future, with many dropping out. A third of teen moms receive their high-school diplomas and 1.5 percent get college degrees before they turn 30, according to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.
"If there are young mothers asking for maternity leave, the board should listen to them," said Lori Casillas, executive director of the Colorado Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Parenting, and Prevention. "If they think it is a barrier to graduation, the board should look at that."
Her organization advocates that schools provide child-care services for new moms.
Too many girls drop out after giving birth, and schools must do something to keep them, Casillas said.

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