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Report: School to change pregnancy policy after criticism

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Posted: Aug 7, 2012 2:30 PM by Russell Jones
Source: ABC News

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Topics: student, pregnancy, policy, school, charter, louisiana, ACLU

DELHI, La. - A private charter school in northeast Louisiana says it plans to change a policy about pregnancy testing for students the ACLU called discriminatory and illegal.

The policy at the Delhi Charter School in Richland Parish states if a teacher suspects a student is pregnant the school will first hold a parent conference, but can require them to get tested and also "reserve(s) the right to refer the suspect student to a physician of its choice" according to their policy manual.

If the student is pregnant, the school will not allow the child to take classes on campus and instead require they be home schooled. If students refuse to get tested, they'll be treated as if they were pregnant and not allowed to attend classes on the campus.

The ACLU of Louisiana sent a letter asking Delhi to change the policy, which they said violated Title IX and the U. S. Constitution because it unfairly discriminated against female students, and based on "archaic and pernicious stereotypes".

According to ABC News,school principal Chris Broussard said they would revise the policy to be in compliance with the law. He told ABC there had never been any complaints about the law from parents or students. Broussard joined the charter school staff one month ago.

According to the CDC, Louisiana has one of the highest teen birth rates in the nation. The rate, 54.1 births per 1,000 teens, was 12.6 points higher than the national average in 2008, the latest year for which data are available.

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