Friday, March 11, 2011

Take Action Today to Help Build Safer Schools!

Earlier this week, the Safe Schools Improvement Act (SSIA) - S. 506 - was introduced by Senator Robert Casey (D-PA) and Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) in the U.S. Senate, and the Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA) – H.R. 998 - was introduced by Representative Jared Polis in the U.S. House of Representatives. Both bills aims to build safer safer schools for all students, including those who are perceived or identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT).

SSIA, S. 506, requires schools and districts receiving federal funds to adopt codes of conduct specifically prohibiting bullying and harassment, including on the basis of real or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity. The bill also requires that states report data on bullying and harassment to the Department of Education and it would require the Department of Education to provide Congress with a report on the state reported data every two years.

SNDA, H.R. 998, prohibits discrimination on the basis of real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity in schools receiving federal funding, including higher education. The bill recognizes bullying and harassment as discrimination, and it provides both for remedies against discrimination and incentives for schools to prevent it from happening in the first place.

In order to demonstrate strong support for these important bills, we need your help to make this happen by taking action today!

Your voices matter and need to be heard by your Congress Members. Please be sure to take a few minutes and call your Senators to ask them to cosponsor the Safe Schools Improvement Act (SSIA), S. 506, and your Representative to ask them to cosponsor the Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA), H.R. 998, to establish a comprehensive federal anti-bullying approach.

  • To find out who your Congress Members are, please visit our action center and type in your zip code,
  • You can also call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121. Ask to be connected to your both of your senators’ offices and your representative’s office. When calling, be sure to say your name, and your chapter along with a message encouraging your Congress Member to support S. 506 in the Senate, and H.R. 998 in the House to help create safer schools for all students.
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Thank you for moving equality forward!

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