Pregnant & Parenting Students
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.
Resources for Students, Parents, & Educators
- A Pregnancy Test for Schools: The Impact of Education Laws on Pregnant and Parenting Students
- Pregnant and Parenting Students’ Rights under Title IX
- Pregnant and Parenting Students' Rights: FAQs for College and Graduate Students
- Title IX Protections for Pregnant and Parenting Students: A Guide for Schools
- How to Keep Pregnant and Parenting Students from Dropping Out
- Pregnancy Harassment IS Sexual Harassment: FAQs About Title IX and Pregnancy Harassment
- Know Your Rights: A Conference Call for Pregnant and Parenting Students
- It's Your Education: How Title IX Protections Can Help You
Recent Cases & Legislation
- Complaint to the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights against Logan University [PDF]
- Logan University Complaint Exhibits (Redacted) [PDF]
- Complaint to the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights again the City University of New York
- Pregnant and Parenting Students Access to Education Act
- Justice for Pregnant and Parenting Students in Michigan
- Letter to Michigan Dept. of Education re: Guidelines for Homebound and Hospitalized Services for Public School Students
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