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First-ever guide for educators and parents about transgender kids in K-12

TIMOTHY RAWLES | San Diego Gay & Lesbian News | August 12, 2015

Transgender children are becoming braver as they shed the timeworn belief that says you must identify with the gender you were given at birth.

Finally there is a guide that can help them and everyone else in the journey toward true identity in school and elsewhere.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Human Rights Campaign (HRC), along with Gender Spectrum, National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and National Education Association (NEA) have teamed up to compile a guide which will help educators and parents alike to understand and help transgender children in their lives beginning from Kindergarten.

Schools in Transition; A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 Schools, is a first for educators and parents who would like more guidance and advice for helping not only transgender children, but also those that might feel they are transgender.

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Exceptional history? American history books whitewash ugly marks


RT News | August 4, 2015

Academics and historians have launched a campaign against new guidelines proposed for American Advanced Placement history text books, saying they focus too much on ‘American Exceptionalism’ while minimizing tragedies like the ‘Trail of Tears’ or slavery’s role in the Civil War. Anya Parampil speaks with political activist Ward Churchill about the effect these new guidelines could have.

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Bullying declines in US schools as more students embrace diversity, tolerance (+video)

Stacy Teicher Khadaroo | The Christian Science Monitor | May 15, 2015

By one national measure, the number of 12- to 18-year-olds who have been bullied has dropped to the lowest level since the government began collecting such data.

The portion of students who experience behaviors used to measure bullying – such as being threatened, pushed, made fun of, or excluded – dropped to 22 percent in 2012-13, the first significant decline since 2005, the US Department of Education reported Friday.

The data come from a survey of 12- to 18-year-olds by the National Center for Education Statistics. Since the start of the measurement in 2005, the percentage had ranged from 28 to 32 percent.

“As schools become safer, students are better able to thrive academically and socially,” Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a statement. “Even though we’ve come a long way over the past few years in educating the public about the health and educational impacts that bullying can have on students, we still have more work to do to ensure the safety of our nation’s children,” he added.

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Newly Revised US History Standards Brush Over Issue of Racism

National Guardsmen with bared bayonets hold back a group of demonstrators protesting segregation, Cambridge, Maryland, May 14, 1964. (photo: AFP/Getty)
National Guardsmen with bared bayonets hold back a group of demonstrators protesting segregation, Cambridge, Maryland, May 14, 1964. (photo: AFP/Getty)


Zoe Schlanger | Newsweek | Reader Supported News | August 1, 2015

he College Board, the company behind Advanced Placement courses for U.S. high school students, released a revised set of standards for AP U.S. history on Thursday morning. Though the number of mentions of the word slavery remains roughly the same, the new document significantly alters the original framework’s tone around slavery, racism, and Native American relations.

Passages that previously cited racial attitudes, stereotyping, and white superiority in early American history have been rewritten or deleted, and some passages that previously implicated early European colonists in racism and aiding in destructive Native American warfare have been softened and replaced with more passive language.

The word “bellicose,” where it was used in the prior edition (p. 79) to refer to President Reagan’s rhetoric, was also removed. That passage was pointed out specifically by conservative critics of the the prior framework. A section on American identity has also been amended to include “American exceptionalism” (p. 11).

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

Jorge Amaro
Media and
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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.
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.


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

Cordova, TN school bus lights (Screen capture)



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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