Controversy in Colorado

January 8, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
The Denver School District is considering maternity leave for students.Under the proposal, pregnant high school students could get at least four weeks of leave, to allow them to bond with their babies.

The current policy calls for new mothers to return to school the day after they are discharged from the hospital.

The school board says it already gives excused absences with a doctor's note, but some say more is necessary.

Others are concerned the policy could encourage teen pregnancy. Its worth noting Denver has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the country.

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