?Cover Teaser: ?B?irth of a generation: ?Even as? ?local teen birth rates decline, they remain some of the highest in ?t?he nation 

(Illustration: Chris Street / Oklahoma Gazette)
  • Illustration: Chris Street / Oklahoma Gazette

Research supports that evidence-based sex education programs help teens remain healthy and avoid negative sexual health outcomes. Oklahoma does not mandate sex education in public schools, leaving school boards the option to ignore, enact or support education efforts by outside groups. The result is a hodgepodge of approaches in schools across the state, varying from no programs to abstinence-only lessons or condom demonstrations. Meanwhile, we have some of the highest teen birth rates in the nation. By Laura Eastes, P. 4.

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