Louisiana charter school forces pregnant students out of class
A charter school in Louisiana is under fire for a policy that forces pregnant girls out of class.
The Student Pregnancy Policy at the Delhi Charter School in Delhi, Louisiana, allows administrators to forbid pregnant teens from attending class. Pregnancy testing is also forced upon girls who are suspected of being pregnant. Students refusing to take a pregnancy test can be kicked out of class.
Of course, there are no repecussions for male students who get girls pregnant.
"There's so much wrong with this policy, it's hard to know where to start," says American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana executive director Marjorie Esman. "In a nutshell, it illegally discriminates against girls simply for being pregnant."
While students are still offered home study opportunities, the ACLU of Louisiana says the school's policy directly contravenes the U.S. Constitution and Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, a federal law that prohibits a federally funded school from discriminating against students "on the basis of such student's pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy or recovery therefrom."
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