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May 13, 2016

Texas Lt. Gov. Urges Districts to Disobey Feds on Transgender Student Rights

Texas is willing to forgo $10 billion in federal education funds as a result of refusing to comply with new federal guidance, which says schools must allow transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms that align with their gender identity.

April 13, 2016

Donald Trump's Rhetoric Has Made Some Students Feel Unsafe, Report Says

Heated presidential campaign rhetoric and divisive policy proposals have had a negative effect on school climate, a new report says.

February 16, 2016

S.D. Bill That Limits Transgender Student Bathroom Use Bound for Governor's Desk

If Gov. Dennis Daugaard signs the bill, South Dakota will be the first to create state-level restrictions on how schools treat transgender students, which could put its schools at odds with the U.S. Department of Education's interpretation of civil rights laws.

February 10, 2016

Transgender Students' Bathroom Use Would Be Restricted by South Dakota Bill

The bill could make the state the first to create state-level restrictions on how schools treat transgender students and put it at odds with the U.S. Department of Education's interpretation of civil rights laws.

January 05, 2016

Newtown Families, Teachers' Unions Applaud Obama's Actions on Guns

As he unveiled a new set of actions meant to reduce gun violence, President Obama mentioned failed efforts to pass new gun laws after the 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

December 03, 2015

District, Feds Reach Settlement Over Transgender Student's Locker Room Use

The Township High School District 211 in Palatine, Ill., was the first ever to be found in violation of federal civil rights laws over the treatment of a transgender student.

September 30, 2015

Duncan: Fight 'School-to-Prison Pipeline,' Shift Funds From Prisons to Teachers

The education secretary says that much could be saved by redirecting some non-violent offenders away from prison, and the money used to boost salaries at high-poverty schools.

July 22, 2015

Discipline Disparities Are Focus of White House Summit

The department's civil rights data collection shows that more than 3 million students are suspended or expelled each year (including 4-year-olds).

July 14, 2015

Title IX Already Protects LGBT Students, Amendment Unnecessary, Group Says

The U.S. Senate voted down an amendment designed to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students from discrimination and harassment in public schools. But such protections are already required under Title IX, the National School Boards Association said.

July 08, 2015

LGBT Student Bullying Protections to Be Included in ESEA Reauthorization Debate

The forthcoming bullying debate will prompt the first votes on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues since the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the right to same-sex marriage.

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