Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Pregnant and Parenting Students Access to Education Act Needs Your Help

Last week I wrote about New Mexico's new law making it easier for pregnant and parenting teens who are students stay in school and continue their education. This law would help several pregnant and parenting teens across New Mexico stay in school and complete school while pregnant and or parenting. 

On a more national level The Pregnant and Parenting Students Access to Education Act legislation backed by the National Women’s Law Center and Healthy Teen Network is trying to do the same. 

Read more about the legislation:
What Does the Pregnant and Parenting Students Access to Education Act Do?
  • Authorizes necessary resources for states and school districts to ensure that pregnant and parenting students get the support and encouragement they need to stay in school and graduate college or career ready.
  • Enables states to create a state plan for pregnant and parenting students, provide professional development and technical assistance to school districts, coordinate services with other state agencies, and disseminate information, among other activities.
  • Establishes a state coordinator and school district liaisons for the education of pregnant and parenting students.
  • Requires school district grantees to provide academic support services for pregnant and parenting students; assist students in gaining access to affordable child care, early childhood education, and transportation services; engage in student outreach, recruitment and retention;provide professional development for school personnel; and revise school policies and practices to remove barriers and encourage pregnant and parenting students to continue their education.
  • Allows districts to provide parenting and life skills classes; case management services; pregnancy prevention strategies; referrals to primary health care, family planning, mental health, substance abuse, housing assistance, legal aid, mentoring, or other supportive services needed by the student; as well as to address school climate issues, including illegal discrimination against and stigmatization of pregnant and parenting students.
  • Collects and reports data on pregnant and parenting students annually, including educational outcomes, and requires a rigorous evaluation of the program.
You can sign the letter urging your local elected officials to vote on this by clicking here

Together we can make education a reality for thousands of pregnant and parenting teens across the country!