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Teen Pregnancy: Still Too High

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Forrest Alton thinks we’ve forgotten “the ‘yeah, but’ part” when it comes to teen pregnancy. The CEO of the S.C. Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy pointed out last week that S.C. residents often have that sort of cynical gut reaction on hearing all sorts of good news from our communities. Teen pregnancy successes, for some reason, often get a pass.

• More S.C. students are taking Advanced Placement tests. Yeah, but those students’ scores are still lower than the national average.

• Horry County has built a new library to serve the growing population of Carolina Forest. Yeah, but they can’t seem to find the money to staff it.

• Myrtle Beach is leading some long-needed coordination of dozens of agencies to better serve the homeless in our area. Yeah, but 23 local homeless people still died on the streets last year.

• Horry County’s teen birth rate fell 21 percent from 2009 to 2010. Oh, that’s great.

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