Monday, June 6, 2011

Georgia LGBT Organizations Making Schools Safer

In 2010, the Georgia Legislature passed a bill that directs all school districts in the state to adopt an anti-bullying policy, create a process for students to report bullying, and remove the bully after three offenses. Schools are required to complete the process by August 1, 2011.

Georgia State Representative Michael Jacobs deserves much of the credit for getting the bill passed and he was aided by the lobbying of
GA Equality, the GA Safe Schools Coalition and PFLAG chapters in the state. While the bill does not require that schools includes protections for students based on sexual orientation and gender identity, these three groups are working arduously to assure that schools are effectively protecting students by adding enumerated categories in anti-bullying policies.

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