MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTAQ) - A public school in Milwaukee for pregnant girls and student mothers is expected to close this spring.
The Lady Pitts School has offered middle and high school classes to young mothers for 45 years in the lower-level of Milwaukee Custer High School. But a recent survey showed that most teen parents would rather stay with their classmates in their original high schools.
Officials say it’s because teen pregnancy is not the stigma it used to be – and because those girls are not always better served at a remote location amongst themselves.
Milwaukee’s School Reform Committee recommended last week that the Lady Pitts School be closed. The full School Board will take it up on January 27th. But services for pregnant and parenting girls would still be offered at 2 high schools, one each on Milwaukee’s north and south-sides.
Among other things, full-time health centers would be established at both locations. And some girls could get wireless Internet service to continue their educations at home.
Their current high school has 105 students. Attendance and grade averages are both below the norms for other Milwaukee high schools.