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Education Department Will Include Gender Identity in National Bullying and Hate Crimes Survey


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Education Department Will Include Gender Identity in National Bullying and Hate Crimes Survey
 
WASHINGTON, DC, July 20, 2015—The U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics has announced it will include gender identity in the 2016 School Survey on Crime and Safety. The survey will examine incidents of hate crimes and bullying based on sexual orientation and gender identity as separate biases. The decision follows the National LGBTQ Task Force’s urging to examine gender identity and sexual orientation separately in hate crimes and bullying against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students.
 
“The new language in the School Survey on Crime and Safety will help protect LGBTQ students from bullying and harassment and will allow us to better understand the challenges they face. Reliable data on what motivates bullying and hate crimes will help educators and lawmakers prevent harassment and violence that disproportionately affect LGBTQ students. We thank the Department of Education for its work to prevent anti-LGBTQ bullying in schools and look forward to continuing to work with President Obama and the administration,” said Rea Carey, Executive Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force.
 
LGBTQ youth, especially transgender and gender nonconforming students, are more likely to be bullied and harassed than their peers. Ninety percent of transgender students face derogatory remarks sometimes, often or frequently at school. Forty six percent of transgender students report missing school out of fear for their safety. Moreover, LGBTQ youth are more likely to be disciplined and policed, putting them in contact with the criminal justice system at a young age.
 
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The National LGBTQ Task Force works to secure full freedom, justice and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people. For over forty years, we have been at the forefront of the social justice movement by training thousands of organizers and advocating for change at the federal, state, and local level. http://www.thetaskforce.org

 

Iowa school district plans to outfit staff, administration with body cams


 

RT News | July 21, 2015

Parents and civil rights activists are concerned over a plan by an Iowa school district to supply body cameras to staff and administration members to make it easier to capture interactions they have with parents and students. Simone Del Rosario has more information on why people are concerned about this form of surveillance.

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Teacher who harassed students with racial, religious and homophobic slurs loses appeal


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Justin Zaremba |  | Raw Story | July 11, 2015

PERTH AMBOY — A former high school teacher who was convicted of harassing students using racial, religious and homophobic slurs lost his appeal Friday and will continue to be barred from teaching in a New Jersey public school.

Emilio Perez, a computer teacher at the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical High School, was convicted in 2013 of harassing four students and forced to forfeit his teaching license, both of which were the subject of his appeal.

According to the appellate court ruling, Perez made numerous harassing statements to students including:

  • Insulting a Jewish student by saying “go count your money, that’s all you’re good for,” using expletives to refer to the student, insulting him for celebrating Chanukah, and telling the student to pick a coin off the floor because he’s Jewish.
  • Calling an African-American girl “ghetto” and saying “we all know that black people steal.”
  • Calling a student by a homophobic slur.

It was Perez’s behavior, according to the court, that caused a student to cut her wrists and another to harbor suicidal thoughts.

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Vets Snared in For-Profit College Collapse Want GI Bill Money Back


US military member on college campus. (photo: iStock)
US military member on college campus. (photo: iStock)

 

Kimberly Hefling | Politico | Reader Supported News | July 3, 2015

he collapse of for-profit Corinthian Colleges has been a calamity for Afghanistan and Iraq veterans who not only lost their chance at a college degree from the shuttered schools but also can’t get back tens of thousands in tuition covered by the GI Bill.

Now there’s a movement in Congress to bail out the veterans and give them a second chance at a degree.

Their plight is earning sympathy from Democratic lawmakers and stoking debate over the billions in taxpayer dollars spent to send the nation’s warfighters to for-profit institutions in fields such as nursing and air conditioning repair.

“Would they have willingly and voluntarily attended a school that they knew was going to be bankrupt and would fail to give them what they needed and deserved?” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), the ranking member on the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. He is preparing to file legislation in coming days that would direct the Veterans Affairs Department to reset affected vets’ GI Bill benefits.

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What It’s Like to Be Gay at a Christian College—Where It’s a Reportable Offense


Jenny Hudalla | YES! Magazine | AlterNet | May 26, 2015

At Minnesota’s Bethel University, homosexuality has long been considered a character flaw.

Dan Sandberg’s breath froze in the air as he closed the door of the campus shuttle by the Robertson Center. His shift had just ended, and the bag of Totino’s Pizza Rolls in his freezer was calling his name. He had just begun to decide between sausage and pepperoni when the first snowball hit him square in the back.

With his hand over his head, Sandberg ducked between rows of cars and barreled into the safety of his vehicle. He has since tried to block out most of the gay slurs his harassers yelled at him that night.

Bethel student Dan Sandberg. Photo Credit: Esther Jones

Sandberg is a senior at Bethel University, a Christian college in Arden Hills, Minnesota, where being gay is a reportable offense. Along with eating disorders, suicidal behavior, and alcohol use, resident assistants must immediately report homosexuality to their hall directors and possibly Student Life deans.

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Texas college bans ‘same-sex dating behaviors’ — and even free speech supporting gay marriage


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 | Raw Story | May 20, 2015

A Christian college in Texas has threatened to punish LGBT students who engage in same-sex dating or students who publicly express support for marriage equality.

Outsports reported that LeTourneau University in Longview had recently targeted gay students by adding new language to its student-athlete handbook, which bears the NCAA logo.

“Consistent with our desire to celebrate and model a Scriptural approach to sexuality;, the University prohibits same-sex dating behaviors and public advocacy for the position that sex outside of a biblically-defined marriage is morally acceptable,” the handbook now reads.

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Liberals to Hillary: Make Public College Debt-Free


 

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George Zornick | The Nation | April 21, 2015

Several top congressional Democrats will embrace on Tuesday a loose plan to make public colleges a debt-free proposition—and will receive an immediate boost from progressive activists who are hoping to shape the 2016 Democratic agenda.

In the House and Senate, legislators will simultaneously introduce two resolutions calling for “all students [to] have access to debt-free higher education.” In the Senate, Brian Schatz, Chuck Schumer, and Elizabeth Warren will attach their names to the resolution. Representatives Keith Ellison and Raul Grijalva, co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, are leading the House effort along with several members, including Representatives Chris Van Hollen, Steve Israel, Donna Edwards, Katherine Clark, and Alan Grayson.

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee is helping to organize the push, and released a short paper along with the think tank Demos about how to make public higher education achievable without debt. It briefly outlines how increased federal aid to states for higher education and expanded Pell Grants, along with other smaller reforms, might eliminate the debt burden at public institutions.

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