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In a unanimous vote by the Minneapolis School Board on Tuesday evening, a resolution was passed that increases its LGBT curriculum and anti-bullying efforts.
The school district will up its tracking of anti-LGBT bullying incidents, along with LGBT themes in school curriculum. All district staff, from administrators to buss drivers, will receive yearly training on these matters. Also sexual health curriculum will include LGBT issues and an elective course will be offered on LGBT history.
Carla Bates, board treasurer and the first LGBT person to be elected to the board, said:
“I want to assure the taxpayers of Minneapolis that a lot of the safeguards in terms of reporting that were enumerated in this are already done. This would just add the LGBTQ category to that reporting. It’s not like we are creating any new expensive structures. We already have those structures in place.”
I really appreciate director [Chris] Stewart’s leadership in this. It’s not something that would have happened four years ago, and it’s something I’m definitely surprised about.”
And many other board members believe this is a great idea!
Member Peggy Flanagan added:
“What an incredible thing to be able vote on as our last vote as the current board to leave Minneapolis a more welcoming and inclusive place. I feel blessed that this is my last vote I get to take as a board member.”
School superintendent Bernadeia Johnson said:
“Not all other districts are doing this work. When we are out at the Pride Parade, when you talk to our youth, we hear how proud they are that they have a district that acknowledges them and cares about their safety.”
Amazing! Equality for all!