Louisiana Charter School Under Fire For Expelling Pregnant Students
Delhi Charter School in Louisiana is under fire for a policy dealing with pregnant students that the ACLU says is “in blatant violation of federal law and the US Constitution.”
Under the policy, students suspected of being pregnant are forced to take a pregnancy test; if they test positive or refuse the test, they are expelled.
The ACLU says the policy violates Title IX.
“In a letter to Delhi school officials Aug. 6, ACLU of Louisiana Executive Director Marjorie Esman points out that school policies also violate the Equal Protection Clause and Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment “by imposing an irrebuttable presumption that pregnant students are unable to continue to attend classes” and “raises serious concerns of vagueness in violation of the First Amendment.”
Delhi’s school policies are surfacing as the education gap between teen moms and those who didn’t have a teen birth grows. According to a 2010 report by nonprofit research center Child Trends, 51 percent of teen mothers have a high school diploma, compared with 89 percent of women who were not teen mothers. For teens who give birth before the age of 18, their likelihood of graduating high school is even lower — just 38 percent have a diploma.
According to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, Louisiana holds the sixth highest teen pregnancy rate in the country, and “lack of education is a big factor,” Louisiana State University student Shea Leger told The Daily Reveille.”
Read more at HuffingtonPost.com
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