Teen Birth

Education
5:18 pm
Sun June 24, 2012

Boise Grad: I Can’t Think About Myself Anymore

Kassandra Ibarra
Adam Cotterell Boise State Public Radio

We’ve been talking to Idaho students who have recently graduated from high school about what’s on their minds as they prepare for the next chapters in their lives.

Kassandra Ibarra got pregnant at 16. She dropped out of high school, but after her son was born she decided she needed an education to give him “the future he deserves.” When she got pregnant again she stayed in school and recently graduated from Boise’s Marian Pritchett School.

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Education
1:29 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Tiny Boise School Wins Big In Statewide Poetry Contest

Miranda Ode
Adam Cotterell Boise State Public Radio

Tuesday night high school artists decorated the sidewalks around the Boise Art Museum with chalk. Each chalk drawing was inspired by a winning poem from a statewide poetry contest. More than 1,600 students entered this competition.  One hundred three were selected for publication. One tiny school produced nine of those winners.

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Teen Birth
2:40 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Idaho's Teen Birth Rate Is Average

Idaho saw 33 births for every 1,000 girls between ages 15 and 19 in 2010.
Neal Gillis Flickr

A new federal study says Idaho’s rate of teens having babies has fallen to record lows along with most states. But Idaho is only average.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the teen birth rate in the United States has been dropping steadily for several years and now it’s down to the lowest point since it started keeping track in the 1940s.  The authors of the study largely credit sex education initiatives. Sex ed can be a sensitive subject in a socially conservative state like Idaho and programs vary widely from place to place.

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