President Bush’s 2006 budget proposed deep cuts for “ineffective” programs like Medicaid, environmental protection, and certain college financial aid programs. One program that President Bush apparently feels is mighty effective is “abstinence-only” education, which the administration suggested pumping an additional $39 million into next year. This proposed increase came only one week after a comprehensive study in Bush’s home state of Texas showed that such curricula were correlated with an increase in teen sexual activity.
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This article is reprinted from Campus Progress.org, the youth-oriented magazine of the Center for American Progress.