Tuesday, March 3, 2015

School, maternity leave, and teen parents

Maternity leave conversations have been a hot topic of discussion lately but they seem to NEVER include pregnant and parenting teens although we would benefit from maternity leave greatly.

The lack of conversation about maternity family leave laws for pregnant and parenting teens reminded me of my experiences with giving birth and going back to school almost immediately after because I was afraid my school would fail me for giving birth.

It is important to know that pregnant and parenting teens have rights to education under Title IX (Title 9) in any school that gets funding from the federal government. ALL public schools must comply and any charter or private school that gets any money from the federal government must uphold your rights too.
Learn more about Title IX via the National Women's Law Center.