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Letter to Michigan Dept. of Education re: Guidelines for Homebound and Hospitalized Services for Public School Students

We write on behalf of the National Women’s Law Center to urge the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) to revise its guidelines on homebound and hospitalized services for public school students, which conflict with Title IX, the federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in any program of a school that receives federal funds, and its implementing regulations. It has come to our attention that MDE Guidelines expressly exclude pregnant and parenting students from homebound instructional services in violation of Title IX. The current Michigan guidelines have also encouraged local school districts to also violate Title IX by excluding pregnant and parenting students from essential services.