Statement on Senate Panel's Nod for LGBT-inclusive Bill
Public Relations Manager
NEW YORK - June 12, 2013 - This afternoon, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee passed the Strengthening America's Schools Act of 2013, a comprehensive piece of legislation that would overhaul the nation's education system, by a vote of 12-10. The legislation included anti-bullying and anti-discrimination provisions from the Safe Schools Improvement Act and the Student Non-Discrimination Act. GLSEN Executive Director Dr. Eliza Byard released the following statement:
"We are thrilled there is finally movement on this long overdue legislation to replace the outdated No Child Left Behind Act, and we are even more encouraged by the fact that the committee-passed bill includes critical anti-bullying provisions from the Safe Schools Improvement Act and anti-discrimination provisions from the Student Non-Discrimination Act. These provisions serve as a model for federal legislation that would create safe, supportive and healthy school environments for all students, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. GLSEN looks forward to advocating for this important bill as it moves to the Senate floor."
GLSEN regularly partners with policy makers on safe schools issues pertaining to LGBT youth. GLSEN's Office of Public Policy works with elected officials and other government leaders at the local, state and federal levels to ensure that the best and most inclusive safe schools policies are considered, passed and implemented.
GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Established in 1990, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community. For information on GLSEN's research, educational resources, public policy advocacy, student organizing programs and educator training initiatives, visit www.glsen.org.