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No more pregnancy tests for students at Louisiana charter school



Missed this interesting controversy earlier this week, but thought it was worth sharing.

A Louisiana charter school came under fire — and gained national notoriety — for its rule requiring students suspected of being pregnant to take a pregnancy test. If they refused, they were kicked out of school

The ACLU called this policy a violation of federal law and demanded it be changed.

Within days of the big national splash, the school rescinded its rule.

The hue and cry prompted women's rights advocates and others to start looking at exactly how pregnant students are treated in all 50 states. Florida fared well in a report discovered from earlier in the summer.

According to Forbes, while the majority of states ignore federal laws pertaining to pregnant student rights, Florida is not among them:

California has a School Age Families Education Program focused on not only keeping pregnant teens in school but also moving them on to higher education and a working life.

Florida and Pennsylvania mandate school districts to provide programs to assist teen parents and to continue expanding program opportunities.

But these states are the exceptions, according to a recent study by the National Women’s Law Center, based in Washington, D.C. Its “Pregnancy Test for Schools” report published in June found that only 23 states offer services to support pregnant teens.

See the NWLC report here.

[Last modified: Friday, August 10, 2012 9:50am]


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