02 Sep '12, 2pm

Pregnant Students Left Behind As School Starts

Pregnant Students Left Behind As School Starts

Back to school time may not necessarily bring to mind a picture of a pregnant girl, but the reality is a growing number of our students will face pregnancy sometime in their academic career. To coincide with the start of a new school year, the National Women’s Law Center is re-releasing its comprehensive new report that shows that schools across the country are failing to meet the needs of pregnant and parenting students. The report finds that schools still bar pregnant students from activities, kick them out of school, push them into alternative programs and penalize them for pregnancy-related absences, all of which violate Title IX —the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education—and increase the risk that they will drop out of school. Recently, we were outraged over a Louisiana school’s policy of forcing students suspected of being pregnant to take a preg...

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