Rates of pregnancy, drug use, and sexually transmitted disease continue to rise among teens and pre-teens. Yet, sex and health education remains an explosive issue for our public schools. Tensions flare regarding how frank and open discussions of human sexuality should be and what kinds of health information students need. This book examines the practical, cultural and political implications of placing health service programmes in public schools. The authors detail three cases of school districts whose responses to childrens health needs are diverse, and whose effects on teens' lives are compelling. These districts are all in Florida, where a highly controversial, statewide intiative for health services in schools recently went into effect.
AIDS; Teenage Pregnancy; Contraceptives; Sexually Transmitted Diseases; Drug Use; Children's Health and Social Service Needs; Limitations of Managed Health Care; Shrinking Health Care Coverage; Shrinking School Budgets; School Board Politics.