Pregnant and Parenting Teens

Since 1972, when Title IX was enacted, it has been illegal for schools to exclude pregnant and parenting students from school. Despite this fact, many schools fail to help pregnant and parenting teens stay in school, and some actually exclude or punish them.

From Drop Outs to Diplomas: Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Teenagers

From Drop Outs to Diplomas: Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Teenagers

By Emily Carter, Legal Assistant, Women's Rights Project, ACLU at 12:56pm
Earlier this week, the United States Department of Education issued a guidance on supporting the academic success of pregnant and parenting students under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The last time the Department spoke on this issue was in a pamphlet, back in 1991. Twenty two years later, this guidance, which provides additional clarification, is sorely necessary. The dropout rate for pregnant and parenting students is astounding: "Fifty-one percent of young women who had a child before age 20 earned their high school diploma by age 22…Only 2 percent of young women who had a child before age 18 earned a college degree by age 30," writes Seth Galanter, Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, in a Dear Colleague letter.
What’s Wrong with Blaming Teen Parents?

What’s Wrong with Blaming Teen Parents?

By Denicia Cadena & Micaela Cadena. According to recent data, New Mexico has the 2nd highest teen pregnancy rate in the country; it follows that New Mexico has high numbers of parents who had their first children as teenagers. As a young mama recently shared,

Get Tested Or Get Out: School Forces Pregnancy Tests on Girls, Kicks out Students Who Refuse or are Pregnant

Get Tested Or Get Out: School Forces Pregnancy Tests on Girls, Kicks out Students Who Refuse or are Pregnant

By Tiseme Zegeye, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 12:33pm

In a Louisiana public school, female students who are suspected of being pregnant are told that they must take a pregnancy test. Under school policy...

Quilting is not Geometry: Pregnant and Parenting Teens Deserve an Education Free from Discrimination

Quilting is not Geometry: Pregnant and Parenting Teens Deserve an Education Free from Discrimination

By Tiseme Zegeye, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 2:21pm

This Saturday marks the 40th anniversary of the passage of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the landmark law that prohibits sex discrimination in federally funded education programs and activities. Among its other, better-known applications…

Humiliated, But Not Beaten. Fighting Back on Behalf of Pregnant and Parenting Teens

Humiliated, But Not Beaten. Fighting Back on Behalf of Pregnant and Parenting Teens

"The school department head made me stand up in front of my entire middle school and announced to everyone that I was pregnant."

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