A new study released by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unwanted Pregnancy and America’s Promise Alliance erases any doubt how schools factor in determining if students become teen parents.
Teen Pregnancy and High School Dropout: What communities can do to address these issues reveals that in 2008 in counties and cities where 25 persistently low-achieving school districts are located births to teens accounted for 16 percent of all teen births in the United States.
In addition, those same 25 school districts also had 20 percent of all high school dropouts in the U.S.
Thirty-four percent of teen mothers who drop out of school never get their diploma or GED. The economic consequences for these young women, their children and society are predictable — a life either dependent on social services or minimum wage jobs that are proving less and less effective in giving families a basic decent quality of life. Not to mention perpetuating a cycle of poverty within that family.