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School Reform & Dropout Prevention

NWLC has worked since 1972 to ensure equal educational opportunities and has worked since Congress enacted Title IX to advance and protect the rights of students in educational institutions. NWLC believes that all children should have equal access to high quality education programs and that federal education policy must ensure that all students can benefit equally from rigorous academic standards. We advocate for education reforms that will help improve graduation rates and post-secondary success for all students, with a particular focus on girls of color, who are dropping out of school at high rates and who are often overlooked in conversations about school reform.

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Fact Sheet | Pregnant and Parenting Student Provisions of the Strengthening America's Schools Act of 2013

September 17, 2013

This fact sheet explains the provisions in the Strengthening America's Schools Act of 2013 that aim to support pregnant and parenting students.

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Coalition Action Materials | Letter to Congress: Strengthening America's Schools Act of 2013

September 17, 2013

NWLC urges the HELP committee to strengthen and advance Sen. Harkin's Strengthening America's Schools Act of 2013.

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Fact Sheet | ESEA Reauthorization Must Address Access to Education for Pregnant and Parenting Students

September 17, 2013

Students are dropping out of high school at alarmingly high rates, particularly students of color, with severe short- and long-term economic and health consequences for them, their families, their communities, and our nation. And the statistics on teen pregnancy in the U.S. are alarming. Overall, nearly 3 in 10 girls become pregnant at least once before age 20, and for girls of color the rates are higher: 52% of Latinas and 50% of African American girls get pregnant at least once by age 20.  This fact sheet describes why the ESEA reauthorization should take into account the needs and experiences of pregnant and parenting students, and how it can best do so.

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Fact Sheet | ESEA Data Should Be Cross-Tabulated by Race/Ethnicity and Gender

September 17, 2013

The reauthorization of ESEA is an opportunity to address a gap in the current accountability and data reporting system. This fact sheet explains the importance of included data that is cross-tabulated by race/ethnicity and gender.

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More Resources

Reports & Toolkits | Unlocking Opportunity for African American Girls: A Call to Action for Educational Equity

September 19, 2014

Coalition Action Materials | Letter to Congress: Strengthening America's Schools Act of 2013

September 17, 2013

Coalition Action Materials | Letter to House of Representatives: Student Success Act

September 17, 2013

Fact Sheet | Pregnant and Parenting Student Provisions of the Strengthening America's Schools Act of 2013

September 17, 2013

Coalition Action Materials | Letter to Congress: Support the Pregnant and Parenting Student Provisions of the Strengthening America’s Schools Act of 2013

September 17, 2013