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Education Reporter
NUMBER 157 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS FEBRUARY 1999
Education Briefs

Michigan Governor John Engler announced in December that the state's teen pregnancy rate has dropped 26.4% since 1991, and that $1,657,857 in state funds has been appropriated for abstinence programs and activities. Engler credited the Michigan Abstinence Partnership for the decline in teen pregnancies. He noted that Michigan is a national leader in the decline of births to teens, "thanks to the grassroots education efforts of local abstinence partnerships."

An explicit sex education book entitled It's a Girl Thing has been approved for 4th graders by the Palm Beach County, FL School District's Health Resource Committee. "Award winning" children's author Mavis Jukes wrote the book in a chatty, "girl-to-girl" style that mocks parental values. Among the topics discussed in detail are female masturbation techniques and orgasms, various sexual orientations, oral and anal sex, condoms (including how to shop for and put on condoms) and free birth control for kids. The book includes Planned Parenthood's telephone number.

A high school sophomore in Clallam Bay, WA, gave up playing varsity sports rather than remove a chastity ring she had vowed to wear until marriage. The ring symbolizes her commitment to abstinence. The school began enforcing a rule which prohibits athletes from wearing jewelry while playing sports.

One-fourth of the graduates of an alternative high school in Brooklyn, NY, received diplomas despite failing test scores and insufficient course credits. A special investigator for New York City schools found that a complex system of extra-credit awards orchestrated by the principal allowed these students to graduate. They received academic credit for running errands for administrators, answering phones at a travel agency, and taking "interdisciplinary" courses. Officials said the goal of the extra-credit system was to graduate as many students as possible from the failing school. The students involved have since had their diplomas rescinded.

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