Baby High...good Idea or reward?

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Sunday night, MTV is airing a special on a Louisville High School that is for pregnant teens and teen moms.

Back in March WAVE 3 spoke with school officials who say the school is a model program for districts around the country.

Baby High is a one-hour special that profiles four students enrolled in TAPP (Teenage Parenting Program) at the Westport school (or Westport Alternative High School) in Louisville.

At Westport Tapp, school buses come equipped with baby seats, there's onsite daycare & health clinic, parenting classes are on the curriculum. With teen pregnancy rates on the rise, and the consequences often devastating, TAPP is designed to give these teens - who otherwise would most likely dropout - a chance to stay on course and graduate despite the fact they're becoming moms at such a young age.

"Baby high" airs Sunday night at 9pm on MTV.

IYO is Baby high a good alternative to regular HS for pregnant or teen moms, or does it just encourage teens to be less responsible about pregnancy because they know places like this HS are out there?

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Jenny - posted on 07/26/2010

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If you support the mother getting an education the rewards of her tax dollars in the future would be greater than what is shelled out to get her through school. She would cost more if she is forced to work minimum wage or live off the system which could spiral into the child continuing on the same path. Giving an education is ALWAYS the better choice.

LaCi - posted on 07/25/2010

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I'm extremely proud of louisville. It's not a reward at all, IMO. It's necessary. To allow teen mothers to continue their education in a facility that helps with their particular needs is absolutely necessary to counteracting the subsequent problems with poverty relating to teen mothers.

"In addition, of course, when a child is born to a poor teenage mother, the child is much more likely to grow up in poverty herself and continue the cycle as an adult. According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, a child born to an unmarried teen mother has a 27 percent chance of growing up in poverty. If the mother has not earned a high school diploma or equivalency degree, the child will grow up in poverty 64 percent of the time. "

Louisville's major community college offers free childcare and is a low enough cost that a single teen mother should qualify for enough financial aid to cover it. With these two things in conjunction, it's feasible for a teen mother to still manage to graduate high school and pursue a college degree. Still not a reward, because no matter what is done to assist a teen mother to pursue the education she desires, it's going to be extremely difficult. We are making it very attainable though. VERY proud of Louisville ;)

Finally a headline that isn't bad lol

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Amy - posted on 07/27/2010

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I know first hand of several teen mothers who did manage to get there high school diploma but still work dead end minimum wage jobs, and still use several other government programs to help "pay" for there child. These days it's hard to get a job making much more than minimum wage with just a high school diploma, they would also need to find a way to get some sort of trade training or college education.

I highly doubt that spending the money for programs like this would off set other government spending on other things like foster care, social services, etc.

It makes more since to put that money towards preventative measures rather than after the fact.

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Paying to help these girls get an education (and the amenities that make their education possible) is a lot cheaper than paying for them to be on welfare and medicaid. Helping them learn how to properly care for their babies is cheaper and better than having social services step in and putting their children in foster care later.

Why not invest in these girls and their children now, so they can have a better future (and we can pay less taxes) later.

Amy - posted on 07/26/2010

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I guess I'm on the opposite end. These onsite daycare and health services, and paying to equip busses with baby seats, who's paying for this?!? Is this yet another thing tax payers are paying for?

If its in a private school I think there's nothing wrong with it, or a privately funded school, however I feel it's a waist of taxpayer dollars.

So in general, the idea is good, but I don't like the government paying for such "amenities" for students who are irresponsible. If my child had a baby while still in High School I would still feel the same way.

Jenny - posted on 07/26/2010

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I'm just going by the thread title here but it's really not a good idea to get your baby high.

Rosie - posted on 07/25/2010

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yes, i completely agree with laci as well. what is wrong with helping people stay in school? i don't get why anyone would think this is a bad idea.

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