ERIC Number: ED108363
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Student Marriage and Pregnancy. A Legal Memorandum.
National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA.
The following guidelines emerge from recent court decisions: (1) the right to an education is a fundamental property right not to be denied unless an overriding public interest is served; (2) marriage is not sufficient grounds for exclusion of a student from regular academic or extracurricular activities; and (3) pregnancy, whether the girl is married or unmarried, does not appear to be sufficient grounds for exclusion from the regular academic curriculum and probably even extracurricular activities. In the case of a pregnant student, any exclusion from activities or curriculum should be based on immediate concern for the student and unborn child. A physician should be allowed to determine the extent of academic and extracurricular participation, with mutual agreement, if possible, of the student and her parents. Schools can exclude married and/or pregnant students from regular attendance at school or participation in extracurricular activities only under the burden of proof to show that the student in question is immoral, causes substantial disruption in the school operation, or presents a clear and present danger to the health, welfare, and safety of other students. (Author)
Descriptors: Civil Liberties, Court Litigation, Extracurricular Activities, Married Students, Pregnant Students, School Law, Secondary Education, Student Rights
National Association of Secondary School Principals, 1904 Association Drive, Reston, Virginia 22091 ($0.25, quantity discounts, payment must accompany orders of $10.00 or less)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA.