Education funding is an LGBT issue. It is time to come out about this as students, as parents, and as school and public safety employees. Well-funded schools mean LGBT student safety, learning, and achievement in education. When teachers are laid off, GSA advisors are laid off and safe spaces vanish. LGBT youth, especially low-income LGBT youth of color, are most impacted by decreased funding to public education. Schools often cite the lack funding to implement or enforce safe schools laws. And schools cannot address bullying and harassment without resources.
... Reaching out to GSAs is a relatively recent development in the Greater Palm Springs Pride organization and others like it across the state and nation. However, it should come as no surprise. The number of GSA chapters and members has been on a rapid rise. There are nearly 900 chapters across the state representing some 60 percent of high schools and 1 percent of middle schools, said Yvonna Cázares, policy manager for the Gay-Straight Alliance Network, a California organization that helps students form GSA clubs.
LA MIRADA - Anthony Escobar says he's been bullied for three years at La Mirada High School.
The 17-year-old senior has been shoved in the hallway, called anti-gay slurs and told he's "going to hell" for being gay and wearing makeup.
"School is a nightmare," Escobar said. "I have to keep my guard up."
The problem isn’t a secret: California schools suspend more students than they graduate, tracking them to jail instead of to success. But Ramiro Rubalcaba was surprised when he found himself being part of the solution.
A school district in California's Central Valley is putting teens' health at risk by failing to provide students with information about condoms and contraception, two parents and a coalition of groups said in a lawsuit filed Tuesday over the district's sex education program.
The lawsuit is the first of its kind in California since the passage of a 2003 law requiring that sexual health education in public schools be comprehensive and medically accurate, the American Civil Liberties Union said.
A bunch of rational people are suing the Clovis Unified School District in California for allegedly violating state law by telling kids they won't get pregnant if they're not sleep-deprived, whoreish loners.
...The lawsuit was filed in Fresno by the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California on behalf of two parents in the district, the American Academy of Pediatrics California District IX and the Gay-Straight Alliance Network. The law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett provided pro bono assistance.
For Release: August 21, 2012
Clovis Unified School District Sued Over Sex Education
GSA Network joins parents, doctors in first-of-its-kind lawsuit
Parents and physicians Tuesday sued a Central Valley school district over its high school sex education curriculum, alleging it violated state law by only teaching about abstinence and failing to include instruction about condoms and contraception.
A coalition of groups have brought a lawsuit against the Clovis Unified School District in California, claiming their abstinence-only sex education program violates state law.
The lawsuit alleges the textbook used by the district informs high school students that respecting themselves, getting plenty of rest, going out as a group and practicing abstinence can prevent them from catching sexually transmitted diseases. The textbook, however, does not mention that condoms can prevent the spread of STDs.