Did your state’s senators vote against protections for LGBT students?
Madeline Daniels (Former Staff)Education
The U.S. Senate is currently debating an overhaul to No Child Left Behind, the main federal law concerning K-12 education. As part of the legislation, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) offered an amendment to ensure every student is protected from bullying and harassment, and to end discrimination in school based on sexual orientation or gender identity. But when the amendment came to a vote, 45 senators voted “nay” against anti-bullying protections for LGBT students and the amendment was defeated.
A report released on Wednesday found that most school districts do not have policies in place protecting LGBT students from bulling. The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) also found that school districts often even fail to meet state laws that require anti-bullying policies to be in place.
GLSEN’s 2013 National School Climate Survey shows that 55.5 percent of LGBT students felt unsafe at school, and 64.5 percent heard homophobic remarks frequently or often.
Check the map to see how your senators voted.
And here is a list of the all the nay (bad for LGBT students) and yea (good for LGBT students) votes, compiled by The New Civil Rights Movement.
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