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October 9th, 2012
11:08 AM ET

ACLU sues Mich. school for reading rates – Poppy Harlow reports

Highland Park, Michigan, is a small town near Detroit. It's just three square miles, and once was a vibrant community and former home of Chrysler. Now they have 27% unemployment and more than 40% of the population is living below the poverty line.

Highland Park schools are performing even worse than neighboring Detroit public schools. It's so bad that they're being sued the ACLU.

This morning on "Starting Point," CNN's Poppy Harlow looks at why some say the school district is failing to teach kids to read at their grade level.


Filed under: ACLU • Education
August 8th, 2012
12:52 PM ET

ACLU director: Louisiana school's policy forcing pregnant girls to leave is 'absolutely illegal'

A charter school in Louisiana is reviewing a controversial policy that forces pregnant teens to leave the school.

Delhi Charter School requires students suspected of being pregnant to take a test, and if they are pregnant, they cannot attend classes on campus. If a student refuses the test, they'll be treated as if they are pregnant, and faced with the same consequences.

The ACLU is threatening to sue over the policy, saying that it violates a number of constitutional rights.

In a statement, the school says it's rethinking the rule and has forwarded the current policy to a law firm to "ensure necessary revisions are made" so that the school is in full compliance with constitutional law.

"We are pleased they are looking into the policy. It's blatantly illegal," ACLU deputy director Louise Melling says on Starting Point today. "You can't force girls who are pregnant out of school any more than you can force women out of the workplace because they are pregnant. So what a correct policy would entail is that girls have a right to equal education, the same as everybody else, whether they are pregnant or not. They can't be pushed out of the classroom."


Filed under: ACLU • Education