sex education http://wamc.org en Berkshire County School District Seeks to Strengthen Sex Ed Programs http://wamc.org/post/berkshire-county-school-district-seeks-strengthen-sex-ed-programs <p></p><p>The Pittsfield Public School’s Curriculum Subcommittee has been meeting with district and community partners to address the city’s troubling teen pregnancy rate by expanding and strengthening programs both in and out of school.</p><p></p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 19:40:59 +0000 Lucas Willard 66546 at http://wamc.org Berkshire County School District Seeks to Strengthen Sex Ed Programs Vox Pop : Open Forum - Condoms in Schools : 8/21/12 http://wamc.org/post/vox-pop-open-forum-condoms-schools-82112 <p>Public school officials in Springfield, Massachusetts will be mailing letters and making telephone calls to the parents and guardians of thousands of middle and school students to let them know about the district’s new condom availability policy.</p><p>Starting September 1, condoms will be available to students from school nurses. parents and guardians who do not want their children to have access to condoms can opt-out of the policy, but at least one school committee member has called idea that condoms could be given out in school to 12-year-olds, “unnerving.”</p> Tue, 21 Aug 2012 19:00:00 +0000 46231 at http://wamc.org Question of the Day - Condom distribution in schools? http://wamc.org/post/question-day-condom-distribution-schools Education officials in Springfield, Massachusetts have announced that – starting September 1st - public schools in the city will provide condoms to students as young as 12. It’s part of an effort to fight high rates of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases in the city. Is this a good idea? Tue, 21 Aug 2012 13:39:41 +0000 Ray Graf 46041 at http://wamc.org Community Effort Addresses Teen Pregnancy http://wamc.org/post/community-effort-addresses-teen-pregnancy <p>A community wide collaboration is credited with helping to reduce teenage pregnancy in Holyoke Massachusetts.&nbsp; Officials acknowledge there is much work yet to do, as Holyoke has the highest teen birth rate in the state.&nbsp;&nbsp; WAMC&rdquo;s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports<br /> Wed, 09 May 2012 22:30:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 38549 at http://wamc.org Community Effort Addresses Teen Pregnancy