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Title IX and Breastfeeding
Sep 9th, 2014 by

A hot topic again. Please see these articles:

They Can Pump Up the Volume but Can They Pump Out Their Milk? Public Secondary Schools Should be
Required to Accommodate Lactating Students by KIMBERLY JACOBSEN 

http://cpilj.com/archive/volume-13/

The Next Generation of Title IX: Pregnant and Parenting Students
http://www.nwlc.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/nwlcpregparenting_titleixfactsheet.pdf

Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Students
http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/pregnancy.pdf

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Dear Colleague Letter and Pamphlet on Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Students Under Title IX
Jun 25th, 2013 by

OCR just released a Dear Colleague letter and accompanying pamphlet on “Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Students Under Title IX. This pamphlet, which will be sent to schools across the country, updates a 1991 pamphlet on this topic. The link to the Dear Colleague Letter and pamphlet is here.

 

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Listening to Latinas: Barriers to High School Graduation
Nov 6th, 2012 by

 

Listening to Latinas: Barriers to High School
Graduation

 

from the National Women’s Law Center

To help keep girls in school and on track for success, the National Women’s Law Center and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund went straight to the source: Latina students and the adults who work with them every day. Our new report, Listening to Latinas: Barriers to High School Graduation, explores the causes of the dropout crisis for Latinas and identifies the actions needed to improve their graduation rates and get them ready for college.

Latinas are dropping out of school in alarming numbers. Forty-one percent of Latina students do not graduate with their class in four years-if they graduate at all. Many Latina students face challenges related to poverty, immigration status, limited English proficiency, and damaging gender and ethnic stereotypes. And the high teen pregnancy rate for Latinas – the highest of any ethnic group – reflects and reinforces the barriers they face.

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Learn More about Dropout Prevention

Every year, an estimated one in four girls drops out of high school – and the rates are even worse for girls of color. Female dropouts face particularly steep economic consequences. As compared to their male peers, female dropouts have higher rates of unemployment, earn significantly lower wages, and are more likely to need to rely on public support programs to provide for their families.

Learn More about Supporting Pregnant and Parenting Students

One-quarter to one-third of female dropouts say that pregnancy or becoming a parent played a role in their decision to leave school. Providing better support for pregnant and parenting students; together with implementing effective pregnancy prevention measures; are critical steps for schools to take in their efforts to reduce those dropout rates.

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Title IX Protections for Pregnant and Parenting Students: A Guide for Schools
Nov 16th, 2011 by

June 14, 2009

This fact sheet provides a quick guide to schools for understanding how Title IX protects the rights of pregnant and parenting students by addressing many of the most frequently asked questions educators have about how to treat students who might be, are or have ever been pregnant.

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Are Pregnant Teens in Minnesota Still Being Shuffled Away From School?
Aug 30th, 2011 by

August 29, 2011

http://www.publicnewsservice.org/index.php?/content/article/21914-1

ST. PAUL, Minn. – When most people hear the words “Title IX,” they think of the requirement for equality of the sexes in school sports, but the law has other implications, as well. Brigid Riley, executive director of Teenwise Minnesota, says because of Title IX, schools must provide the same educational opportunities for all – including teens who have kids or are pregnant.

“In reality, what happens in so many districts is that, if a girl becomes pregnant, she is strongly encouraged to head off to an alternative learning center.”

Riley says an alternative school is fine, if it has all the same academic and extracurricular offerings or if the pregnant teen chooses that option.

“But if they’re told ‘That’s where all of the pregnant girls go, that’s what you have to do,’ or even if it’s sort of an unspoken message, that’s not setting up a very fair education opportunity.”

Riley says it is an issue that has evolved over the decades. For example, in the 1950s most girls who got pregnant would “kind of disappear” and then give their baby away, she says.

“Now, so many girls keep their babies and raise them themselves, and it’s still hard for schools. It just seems like a failure, not only on the girl’s part, but on the school’s part, as well.”

Riley says pregnant teens may just be the student population that most needs to stay in school and get an education.

“When girls don’t graduate, there is often a lifetime of negative consequences. We really do want them to graduate, especially because they are usually the head of a new, young family.”

Teenwise Minnesota has been partnering with the National Women’s Law Center and the Minnesota Department of Education to host summits for school districts to learn about all of the implications of Title IX.

There were nearly 6,000 teen pregnancies in Minnesota in 2009.

John Michaelson, Public News Service – MN
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