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The Catherine Ferguson Academy to stay open… as a charter school

Everyone seems to be thrilled that Detroit’s Catherine Ferguson Academy for pregnant and parenting teens avoided closure today by announcing plans to be reborn as a charter school. I’d like to be optimistic, but I find it hard to believe that a for-profit charter school would be able to provide the same level of service […]

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Special Report on the closing of Detroit’s Catherine Ferguson Academy

Several weeks ago, we had a really good discussion here on the site about the proposed closing of the Catherine Ferguson Academy for pregnant and parenting teens in Detroit. One of those most engaged in the conversation was my old friend Pete, who is presently a PhD candidate in the Department of Epidemiology, at the […]

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The closing of Detroit’s Catherine Ferguson Academy for Young Women

Today I learned about a documentary called Grown in Detroit. Here, according to the website for the film, is what it’s about. Grown in Detroit focuses on the urban gardening efforts managed by a public school of 300, mainly african-american, pregnant and parenting teenagers. In Detroit alone, there are annually more than 3,000 pregnant teenagers […]

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Star parties elicit moral panic, Sex in the City 2 elicits desire to perform self-surgery

Do you remember the rainbow party hysteria of a few years ago? I can’t remember where it all started, but people from coast-to-coast became convinced that a tidal wave of children’s oral sex orgies was washing over America. Oprah, I believe, had a story about it. And someone wrote a young adult novel about the […]

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The Senate Finance Committee’s silver lining

As you all know, the Senate Finance Committee voted twice yesterday not to endorse a government-run healthcare option, or “public option.” What you might not know, however, is that, during the same meeting, this group chose to re-fund abstinence-only sex education programs. The following clip comes from Salon: We’ve all heard about the major disappointment […]

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