BHAS to vote on changes to its sexual education program

A school district could be looking at changes to it's sexual education program.

The Benton Harbor school board will vote in Nov. on changes to its sexual education program for high school and eighth grade students.

The proposal comes after the board learned about higher than average pregnancy rates and sexually transmitted diseases within the district.

According to WSJM Radio, those numbers show the Benton Harbor pregnancy rates are three times higher than the state average, and 50 percent higher than Detroit Public Schools.

They also show one in three students tested at school clinics, tested positive for sexually transmitted diseases.

The numbers also looked at a survey of 9th and 11th graders and showed 67% are sexually active. 13% said they were active before age 13.

Reverend Edward Pinkney was at the board's presentation and weighed in on the vote. He says he is in favor of the proposed sex education changes and thinks it will likely pass.

Rev. Pinkney agrees education should be encouraged among students, but is concerned about the data presented at the meeting. He says he isn't sure where the numbers came from or if they are accurate.

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