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Parenting Classes Required in Texas Public Schools Next Fall

Your teenager will soon be required to take a course in parenting.

The Texas legislature recently mandated a parenting curriculum for all of the state's public high schools starting the next school year.

It is called the Parenting and Paternity Awareness curriculum. It has been in place since 1995 but is now required to be in health classes across the state.

The 14-session course has two main goals: Teach teenaged parents their legal rights and make other students aware of the difficulties that come with having a child.

With 55,000 children born to teenage mothers every year in Texas, some school officials say they hope the course will discourage teens from becoming parents.

I also spoke with Texas Senator Kel Seliger this afternoon and he says the curriculum is necessary because kids are becoming parents too young.

Seliger says parenting is one of the most wonderful experiences, but only at the right age.

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