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Parenthood is not the end of the road for teen moms. Quite to the contrary, motherhood can serve as an educational motivator for many young women. Unfortunately, educational barriers and discrimination often thwart this drive and determination. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is the landmark law that bans sex discrimination in federally funded education programs and activities. Every pregnant and parenting student should know that Title IX regulations require that pregnant and parenting students have equal access to schools and activities, that all separate programs for pregnant or parenting students be completely voluntary, and that schools must excuse absences that are due to pregnancy or childbirth for as long as is deemed medically necessary by the students physician. Despite Title IX’s prohibition against sex discrimination, there are schools across the country that continue to bar pregnant and parenting students from activities, kick them out of school, pressure them to attend alternative programs, and penalize them for pregnancy-related absences. NWLC is working to ensure that Title IX’s  mandate of equal treatment for pregnant and parenting students is enforced and to encourage schools to help them graduate ready for college and careers.

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reports overview | A Pregnancy Test for Schools: The Impact of Education Laws on Pregnant and Parenting Students

June 18, 2012
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Parenthood is not the end of the road for teen moms. Quite to the contrary, motherhood can serve as an educational motivator for many young women. Unfortunately, educational barriers and discrimination often thwart this drive and determination. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is the landmark law that bans sex discrimination in federally funded education programs and activities. Despite Title IX’s prohibition against sex discrimination, there are schools across the country that continue to bar pregnant and parenting students from activities, kick them out of school, pressure them to attend alternative programs, and penalize them for pregnancy-related absences.

A Pregnancy Test for Schools outlines the ways that federal, state, and local laws, policies, and programs can change the landscape for pregnant and parenting students and ranks how well the state laws and policies address the needs of these students. Read more...

Webinars & Presentations | Ask the Experts: Pregnancy-Based Harassment in Schools

March 9, 2012

The National Women's Law Center's "Ask the Experts" series was launched in February 2012 to help people like YOU get answers about issues that matter to you.

This edition answers the following question: "After I became pregnant, people at my school started harassing me and calling me names like 'slut' and 'whore.' Is there something I can do to stop this?"

Watch below to see an NWLC expert answer.  For more information on the rights of pregnant and parenting students, click here.

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Webinars & Presentations | Ask the Experts: Title IX and Pregnant and Parenting Students

March 9, 2012

The National Women's Law Center's "Ask the Experts" series was launched in February 2012 to help people like YOU get answers about issues that matter to you.

This edition answers the following question: "I'm a pregnant student. Can my school force me to attend an alternative school or program?"

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Fact Sheet | Pregnancy Harassment Is Sexual Harassment: FAQs About Title IX and Pregnancy Harassment

January 17, 2012

This fact sheet answers common questions about sexual harassment and pregnancy.  Harassment because of pregnancy, any related medical conditions, or recovery therefrom, is always sex discrimination.  If you’re experiencing harassment because you’re pregnant or have been pregnant, Title IX can protect you.  Title IX prohibits other types of pregnancy discrimination too (such as not excusing pregnancy-related absences).

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More Resources

Webinars & Presentations | Ask the Experts: Pregnancy-Based Harassment in Schools

March 09, 2012

Webinars & Presentations | Ask the Experts: Title IX and Pregnant and Parenting Students

March 09, 2012

Fact Sheet | Pregnancy Harassment Is Sexual Harassment: FAQs About Title IX and Pregnancy Harassment

January 17, 2012

Webinars & Presentations | Know Your Rights: A Conference Call for Pregnant and Parenting Students

August 15, 2011

Coalition Action Materials | Pregnant and Parenting Students Access to Education Act (H.R. 2617)

August 05, 2011