Wednesday, March 14, 2007

House Takes Aim at Student Rights

House Takes Aim at Student Rights via GSA's. GSAs provide a safe space for gays, lesbians, transgender, bisexual students and their straight friends, while promoting self-respect and tolerance, and stand against GLBT bullying and harassment.

This legislation is of serious concern for a number of reasons. First, school employees must spend an increased amount of time on non-educational work. This extra work impacts both administrative staff and teachers serving as club sponsors. Also, Federal law mandates that all clubs be covered--from the school paper to the drama club, so the mounds of paperwork are infinite.

Second, and quite unfortunately, some parents don't take a 'hands on' role in their children's school activities, curricular or extracurricular. These students would most likely be the ones not able to be involved in a club because of a busy parent or their own undirected disorganization, quite typical among youth.
And finally, these bills are a backdoor way to ba n certain clubs from being formed, such as Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs). GSAs provide a safe haven for gay students and their straight friends, while promoting self-respect and tolerance.

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