More hypocritical insanity from a school system. The 'zero-tolerance' nuts that will suspend a kid for having Ibuprofen in a backpack will now give birth control to 11 year old students. Here is the quote that drives me nuts:
Although students must have written parental permission to be treated at Portland's school-based health centers, state law allows them to seek confidential health care and to decide whether to inform their parents about the services they receive, Belanger said.
Gee, didn't anyone see this coming when they began the "practice of providing condoms as part of its reproductive health program…"? I know that kids will be kids, and experimentation will happen, but isn't this just another form of hiding from responsibility for actions? We should be teaching kids in health class just like science class, for each action, there is an equal and opposite action, in other words, there are consequences to decisions.
Oh, and let us not forget that parents are removed from this equation, just more of the 'village' mentality towards raising our children. I had an opportunity to move to Maine, I love the state, and will continue to visit, but they will not get my kids!