A Louisiana charter school’s policy on pregnant students has caught the attention of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the organization is now threatening to sue. The ACLU alleges that the Delhi Charter School has been discriminating against teenage girls by requiring them to take pregnancy tests. If a student is suspected of being pregnant and refuses to take a pregnancy test, the school’s policy allows for the students to be suspended from school, denied the opportunity to home school, and the student’s enrollment is terminated.
Although these guidelines are outlined in the school’s handbook, the ACLU charges that these rules are in blatant violation of federal law under Title IX statutes.
Title IX was established to protect citizens from discrimination on the basis of sex. The statue states that no person shall be excluded or denied benefits under any education programs because of gender.