School Board Considers Adding Its Voice To Fight The Rising Teen Pregnancy Rate

Parents are a child's first teachers. Children fare better when they are born into homes where mom and dad are better equipped to promote their early cognitive, emotional and social development because they are financially and emotionally ready to care for a new family member.

The community got a jolt this summer when The Urban Child Institute reported a 41 percent spike in the number of teen pregnancies among African-Americans in Shelby County. Statewide, the news is only marginally better at a 34 percent increase.

What does the MCS school board (and the larger community) plan to do to address this issue?

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