Pregnant and parenting students face enormous challenges in accomplishing their educational goals. Approximately 70 percent of teenage girls who give birth leave school, and evidence suggests that illegal discrimination is a major contributing factor to this high dropout rate.

Since 1972, the year Title IX was enacted, it has been illegal for schools to exclude pregnant and parenting students. Despite this fact, many schools fail to help pregnant and parenting teens stay in school, and some actually exclude or punish them.