Equality Groups Retract Support From Senate Education Bill Over Lack Of LGBT Student Protections

The National Black Justice Coalition, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force Action Fund and PFLAG National, The American Civil Liberties Union, the Family Equality Council, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, and Lambda Legal have all co-signed a letter in which they  have withdraw their support from the Senate version of the Education Reauthorization Elementary & Secondary Reauthorization Act of 2011 because of the lack of protections it would provide for LGBT students against discrimination and harassment. (Interesting note: NOT among the co-signers is the Human Rights Campaign)

From the letter:

Discrimination and harassment of LGBT students, and those perceived to be LGBT, is a serious problem in public elementary and secondary school districts across the United States. Despite this fact, the ESEA Reauthorization Act of 2011 fails to include any express protections for this vulnerable student population, or even to make reference to them. While we recognize and appreciate the leadership of some members, including Senators Casey and Franken, who have been tireless in their advocacy on behalf of all students, including those who are LGBT, this reauthorization fails to ensure that LGBT students have access to a public education unhindered by discrimination and harassment.

Source:  The Washington Blade

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