Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2017-04-26
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

GLSEN to DeVos: Protect LGBTQ youth protections from Department of Ed. cuts
From a press release
2017-02-16

facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


NEW YORK ( February 16, 2017 ) — In a recent interview with a Michigan radio program, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos telegraphed her intentions to cut what she deems "unnecessary" Department of Education programs, saying:

"I can't tell you today what is being done [at the Department of Education] that's unnecessary. But I can guarantee that there are things that the department has been doing that are probably not necessary or important for a federal agency to do. We'll be looking at that."

In response, GLSEN's Executive Director, Dr. Eliza Byard, released the following statement:

"With 66% of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning ( LGBTQ ) students reporting having personally experienced LGBTQ-related discriminatory policies or practices at their school, protecting LGBTQ students is a necessity. During her confirmation hearing, then-nominee DeVos expressed her support for maintaining safe learning environments for all students — including LGBTQ students — and we hope she will keep that promise. Last year, a record number of families from across the country turned to the Department of Education for help. 16,000 reports of discrimination, each more heartbreaking than the next. Clearly, the Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Education is an essential service to the American people.

"Although 14 states have passed comprehensive nondiscrimination laws inclusive of LGBTQ students, over half of the nation's school population remains without such protections. It is imperative that the Department of Education protects all students, particularly where the states continue to fail in doing so. This is precisely why the Office for Civil Rights exists. The Department also plays a vital role in documenting what is going on in schools across the country, in order to track our progress in reducing barriers to opportunity. The Civil Rights Data Collection is an essential investment in real educational opportunity.

"We urge Secretary DeVos to keep in place protections for the most marginalized students — women, students with disabilities, students of color, undocumented students and LGBTQ students — when considering any funding cuts."

GLSEN's flagship research project, the National School Climate Survey, provides additional details regarding the school experiences of LGBTQ youth in schools. Read the Executive Summary, or download the full report, online at glsen.org/nscs.

About GLSEN

GLSEN champions safe and affirming schools for all students. We envision a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. Each year, GLSEN programs and resources reach tens of thousands of K-12 schools across the United States, largely through our network of chapters working in their local communities. GLSEN's progress and impact has won support for our work at all levels of education in the United States and sparked an international movement to ensure equality for LGBTQ students and respect for all in schools. For more information on GLSEN's policy advocacy, student leadership initiatives, public education, research and educator training programs, please visit glsen.org .


facebook twitter google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Chicago Children's Museum to host Family Equality Day celebrating LGBTQ families 2017-04-27 - CHICAGO, IL, April 27, 2017— Chicago Children's Museum ( CCM ) kicks off two months of playful programming dedicated to celebrating Chicago's LGBTQ ...


Gay News

National groups respond to WCT's DCFS investigation 2017-04-26 - Several national advocacy organizations responded to Windy City Times' three-part investigation into Illinois DCFS and children welfare agencies nationwide removing transgender or gender ...


Gay News

EDITORIAL Changing course on child welfare 2017-04-26 - Windy City Times ( WCT ) just concluded a lengthy three-part series on troubles at child welfare agencies in Illinois and across the ...


Gay News

Little Village community members hold rally for suspended teacher 2017-04-24 - About 100 people attended a rally outside of Saucedo Academy to support suspended special education teacher Sarah Chambers April 18. The rally ...


Gay News

Report: States failing trans, gender-expansive, gender-nonconforming youth 2017-04-23 - ( New York, April 24, 2017 ) — A new report published today, Safe Havens: Closing the Gap Between Recommend Practice and Reality ...


Gay News

City pledges new resources to include help for "doubled-Up" homeless families 2017-04-20 - CHICAGO- A new analysis by Chicago Coalition for the Homeless ( CCH ) shows that 82% of homeless people in Chicago in 2015 ...


Gay News

Ava's Change4Youth collects votes to raise visual awareness of youth homelessness 2017-04-19 - Young activist Ava Santos-Volpe, age 12, is a girl on a mission. While working on a class leadership project two years ago, Ava ...


Gay News

Trans-advocacy groups demand DCFS stop stealing trans kids 2017-04-19 - Motivated by the case of a transgender child that the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services ( DCFS ) seized from an ...


Gay News

Can the child welfare system handle trans children? 2017-04-19 - Final Part of a 3-Part Series LGBTQ activist Dee McCord has spent her adult life engaged in ensuring equality for all ...


Gay News

Queer special-ed teacher suspended indefinitely 2017-04-12 - On April 6, the day of her middle school's GSA dance, openly queer Saucedo Academy special education teacher Sarah Chambers received an email ...


 



Copyright © 2017 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.