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Progress In Helping Schools Cope With Anti-LGBT Bigotry

From the terrific Toles at Wapo. (click image for larger) An excellent overview of school cases regarding LGBT rights in public schools at ENews Lak

Toles in the Washington Post From the terrific Toles at Wapo. (click image for larger)

An excellent overview of school cases regarding LGBT rights in public schools at ENews Lake Forest:

In a case out of Massachusetts, the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit by parents who wanted school officials to notify them whenever same-sex families were mentioned in their children’s elementary classrooms.

According to the court, exposure to gay marriage (e.g., reading to second graders a story about two princes who fall in love) does not constitute “indoctrination” or a discussion of human sexuality as the parents claimed, but rather an age-appropriate acknowledgement of the existence of same-sex families in a state where gay marriage is legal.

On the same day, a lower court in Maryland rejected a challenge by conservative groups to a new sex-education curriculum in Montgomery County that includes lessons teaching “respect for differences in human sexuality.”

Meanwhile in the Florida Panhandle, the culture-war shoe is on the other foot: The ACLU filed suit — again on Jan. 31 — against a high school that allegedly bans all student expression of support for gay rights, extending even to such things as rainbow stickers.

But what if your five-year-old loves rainbow stickers? The article argues that the real goal for educators is schools that are both safe and free:

“A safe school is free of bullying and harassment...And a free school is safe for student speech even about issues that divide us.”

On topic, too bad John McCain doesn't know what "LGBT" means.

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