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New Legislation Aims To Keep Discrimination Out Of Publicly-Funded Schools, Programs

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 26, 2007

CONTACT:  Ali Bay, Communications Manager
PHONE:  (916) 284-9187  EMAIL: 
ali@eqca.org 

New Legislation Aims To Keep Discrimination Out Of Publicly-Funded Schools, Programs

EQCA Sponsors Bill With Sen. Sheila Kuehl, Providing Protections for all Students Regardless of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity

Sacramento – Students in California will benefit from some of the best nondiscrimination protections in the nation under a new bill introduced on Feb. 23 by Sen. Sheila Kuehl, D-Santa Monica and sponsored by Equality California (EQCA).

SB 777 creates uniform nondiscrimination standards within the state’s education code so students, teachers and school administrators clearly understand the protections that are provided within California’s publicly-funded schools and programs. The measure strengthens existing protections and specifically prohibits discrimination based on a person’s actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity.

“This measure will ensure California’s schools have the strongest nondiscrimination protections available, further building on our state’s legacy of honoring the dignity and respect of all citizens,” said EQCA Executive Director Geoff Kors. “There is simply no room for bias of any kind within our educational system. It is imperative to secure the fair treatment of all students, including young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT).”

The new legislation strengthens existing nondiscrimination policies and clearly defines the protections a student has within the state’s public school system. The bill applies only to publicly-funded institutions and activities, including alternative and charter schools, postsecondary institutions, instructional materials and financial aid programs.

“This comprehensive legislation updates California’s education code in order to eliminate any confusion about the protections the law provides,” said Sen. Kuehl. “Making sure that the nondiscrimination policies governing our publicly-funded schools and education programs are uniform provides our students the essential protections they need, and clearly sets out the state’s responsibility for ensuring fairness and safety for our youth.”

Equality California is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots-based, statewide advocacy organization whose mission is to achieve equality and civil rights of all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Californians. Please visit our website at eqca.org.

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