The Benton Harbor School Board will be voting Monday night on changes to its sex education program for the high school and for eighth grade. The changes are being prompted by shocking numbers at the high school concerning pregnancy rates and how many students have sexually transmitted diseases. At a study session this week, the board learned the pregnancy rate at Benton Harbor High School is three times higher than the state average and 50% higher than Detroit Public Schools. Additionally, one of every three students who were tested at a school clinic for sexually transmitted diseases had a positive result. A survey of 9th and 11th grade students found 67% are sexually active, and 17% of them started before they were 13 years old.
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