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TENNESSEE: Policy Relaxed Due to Low Teen Pregnancy


The Tennessean (Nashville) (10.30.11) - Tuesday, November 08,

Citing several years of low teen pregnancy rates, the Williamson County school board has unanimously voted to amend its policy so as to review the statistics annually and to end public hearings on family life, or sex education, courses. The old policy specified a review of the numbers and a public hearing every three years; school officials said this was rarely attended. State law requires a family life education program for school systems where teen pregnancy rates are 19.5 per 1,000 females or higher; the statewide rate is 29.6; and Williamson's rate was seven per 1,000 in 2009. Under the district's amended policy, a more intensive state curriculum will kick in if pregnancy rates spike.


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