ERIC Number: ED422420
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
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Taking the Offensive in the Struggle against Anti-Gay Abuse in Public Schools: Improving School Policies and State Laws. A Landmark Compendium of Model Policies and Laws.
Buckel, David S.
This document presents some helpful examples of existing school policies and state laws that may spark action to help communities deal with homophobia and harassment of homosexual students. Most school districts have nondiscrimination policies of one sort or another, but these policies may not cover discrimination based on sexual harassment. Appendixes A, B, and C contain the model anti-harassment policies developed for school districts by the state of Vermont, Dade County (Florida), and the school district of Ashland (Wisconsin). Other statewide ethical codes that apply to educators are found in Alaska, Connecticut, Florida, and Pennsylvania. These states legally oblige educators not to discriminate against students on the basis of sexual orientation. Appendix D contains these codes of ethics. Of course, improvements in antidiscrimination policies or laws at the state level can have much broader favorable impact, although the protections operate at various levels and may involve varying effectiveness in terms of enforcement and remedies. Appendix E contains a copy of Rhode Island's policy statement, and Appendix F contains a summary of protections against anti-gay bias in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Wisconsin. Minnesota also contains a broad civil-rights statute. These sample policies and laws are helpful to the efforts of all those advocates doing the important work of helping to save the futures of youth struggling with anti-gay discrimination. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, New York, NY.