SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) - Denise Alaniz, 33, graduated from San Marcos High School 15years ago.
The mother said she hopes her daughter, who is going to be asophomore, will not follow in her footsteps.
"I had my daughter when I was 17," said Alaniz. "My parents wentto church. Of course, they teach abstinence, but you’re ateenager. You’re going to rebel, and I did not know the fullfacts."
Alaniz’s mother was a teen mom, too, and she said she isrelieved to hear the district is saying goodbye to the Scott andWhite Worth the Wait abstinence-only curriculum that many localschools still use.
"There’s a lot of people coming out pregnant, and you askyourself, ‘What’s going on?’" said Alaniz.
At Monday night's school board meeting, members said there werearound 70 teen moms in the district last year.
Monday night, they voted to start teaching Abstinence Plus. Itis a program for grades six through 12 that not only teacheswaiting but also educates students on how to have safe sex with theuse of birth control and condoms.
A former science teacher and a local pediatrician were the onlytwo who spoke to the board before the decision. Both were insupport of teaching more options.
"The abstinence-only programs have not been proven effective,"said local pediatrician Dr. Sue Ann Harrison. "Both birth rates andSTDs have increased since those programs have been in effect."
Two boardmembers, David Castillo and Jesse Ponce, voted against the newcurriculum. Castillo said it does not line up with his Christianvalues.
Judy Allen said if it prevents one teen from getting pregnant,it is worth it.
Just like the abstinence-only curriculum, parents still have achoice for their child to participate.
"Any parents can ask that their child not receive thatinstruction," said Pam Guettner, San Marcos ConsolidatedIndependent School District curriculum director.
There is no question Alaniz’s daughter will be there.
"You’ve just got to be honest these days," said Alaniz."You can’t hide it anymore because they’re going to doit."
In June, LakeTravis ISD board members approved the same sex educationcurriculum. As with most district programs, Lake Travis parents canopt out as well and remove their students from parts of theseprograms or the entire sex education lesson.
HaysConsolidated ISD just finished its secnd year of usingAbstinence Plus and said they believe it has been successful.
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