More Troubling Statistics for the CHART Initiative

While our previous updates about the CHART Initiative have focused heavily on teen childbearing, MSF also recognizes that sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are also a major problem among Mississippi teenagers.  According to health statistics provided by the Centers for Disease Control, Mississippi leads the nation…

Federal Funding for CHART

As we noted in our previous Update, Mississippi First worked with the Mississippi Department of Health (MDH) to submit the state’s abbreviated application for the Personal Responsibility and Education Program (PREP).  The fund, administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, was created…

Teen Pregnancy on the Rise

After more than a decade on the decline, the number of teen girls getting pregnant has gone up. Is it a blip or the start of a disturbing trend?

Sex Ed and Pre-K Bills Dead in the Water

Today was the deadline for bills originating in the other house to make it out of committee.  Two of the bills we have been tracking most closely died in the Senate.  The first bill, House Bill 80, would have created a task force to study…

Busy Day at the Capitol

Today, February 10, was a really busy day at the Capitol.   Tomorrow is the deadline for bills to pass the floor in their originating house.  In layman’s terms, this means that all bills introduced by House authors must pass the House floor by tomorrow; bills…

Mississippi First on HB837

[Rachel talks about House Bill 837 in the 2010 Legislative Session.] Compromise Sex-Ed Bill Moves Ahead by Lacey McLaughlin Jackson Free Press–January 21, 2010 School districts would have to choose between implementing an abstinence-only or an abstinence-plus sex education curriculum by June 2011 under a…

More on HB837

[Rachel speaks on House Bill 837 in the 2010 Legislative Session.] Sex Education Bill Moves to House Chamber by Carl Gibson Mississippi Public Broadcasting–January 20, 2010 Mississippi currently leads the nation in teen pregnancies. Meanwhile, a bill making school districts choose between abstinence-only programs and…