Although other states are increasingly shifting to more comprehensive sex education programs, Texas is unlikely to do so, activists say, despite being tied with N.M., for the highest ratio of teen births. Texas receives about $17 million in federal abstinence-only funds each year and contributes about $3 million.
A $364 million accounting error has forced California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to retool his state budget proposal. The miscalculation means Schwarzenegger may not have the money he had proposed spending for school lunch, preschool and job-training programs.
Comprehensive sex-education curricula that teach about both abstinence and condom use are only marginally successful in encouraging students to delay sex or use some form of protection, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says in a 40-page report commissioned two years ago by two conservative senators.
With increasing competition among top students, some elite U.S. universities are revoking admission for as many as 2% of incoming students whose transcripts took a senioritis nosedive. "It can be quite traumatic," said Susan Wilbur, director of University of California undergraduate admissions. "[But] it is absolutely incumbent upon us to ... maintain the high standards."
Sex education classes in England's schools are not effective enough in warning students about sexually transmitted diseases and teenage pregnancy, according to a report. Britain reportedly has the highest teenage birth rate in Western Europe. The study noted the confounding effect of media messages: By educating teenagers about safe sex, teen magazines are promoting a false assumption that all young people are sexually active.