Louisiana Charter School Will No Longer Expel Pregnant Girls

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0  Updated at 3:25 am, August 9th, 2012 By: ABC Digital
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Hemera/Thinkstock(DELHI, La.) — Pregnant students or those suspected of carrying a child are no longer being singled out by a charter school in Delhi, Louisiana.

The American Civil Liberties of Louisiana said Monday it had gotten word that the Delhi Charter School had a policy in place that allowed educators to expel girls who were pregnant and force them to take classes at home.

Meanwhile, the ACLU said the same policy also mandated tests for girls believed to be pregnant.  Refusal to submit to the pregnancy test also meant girls could be kicked out of school.

With the ACLU threatening to sue under the federal education law that requires equal opportunities for both sexes, Delhi board chairman Albert Christman said on Wednesday that the policy at the school with an enrollment of 700 children was being rescinded.

According to Christman, he and the other board members were unaware that such a policy was against the law.

The policy as written stated, “Delhi Charter School has established an environment whereby the conduct of its students must be in keeping with the school’s goals and objectives relative to character development.  The Delhi Charter School curriculum will maintain an environment in which all students will learn and exhibit acceptable character traits that govern language, gestures, physical actions, and written words.”

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