Archive for Monday, November 7, 2011

Topeka district considers transgender amendment

November 7, 2011


— Some advocates say the Topeka school district could help reduce bullying if it adds sexual orientation and transgender people to its anti-discrimination policy.

The district last week approved the first reading of a proposal to include the categories to its policy. Further action will be required before the change is official.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the Topeka district is believed to be one of the few districts in the state to consider the issue.

The district's attorney, Cindy Kelly, says federal education officials recommend the policy additions because bullying due to sexual orientation or gender identity is rising.

But Paul Getto, of Kansas Association of School Boards, said his agency believes current language required by state law already protects against sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination.


puddleglum 6 years, 6 months ago

whats with these people? do they wake up one day and just say "hey, I feel like being a woman today?" pick a team, for cryin out loud

Paul R Getto 6 years, 6 months ago

PG: It's a bit more complex than that, but you express a common misunderstanding. Enforcing bullying and harassment laws and policies should suffice, but local schools are able to adopt what they feel is most appropriate for their circumstances. Education, compassion, communication and open discussion of these difficult issues are required, regardless of the policy used. If we cannot learn to accept each other as we are, no amount of policy or regulation can solve the issue.

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