2009-02-05 / Local & State

Teachers Union Questions Sex Ed In Pa. District

READING, Pa. (AP) - A teen pregnancy prevention program that includes discussing condoms with sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders has some teachers on edge in an eastern Pennsylvania district.

Teachers union president Daniel Grim asked the Reading school board on Wednesday to reconsider a new program in the middle school health curriculum. He says some teachers are uncomfortable teaching it to the generally 11- through 14-yearold pupils.

Board member Karen Mc- Cree says the material is intended to promote safety and may be a necessity, however. She says the districts in Reading, York, Lancaster and Harrisburg chosen by the state to introduce the program were picked because of high pregnancy rates. As for age-appropriateness, Mc- Cree says, "I will note that we've had fifth-graders pregnant in this district."

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