Gay Students' Request Spurs Board To Cut Clubs
The Salt Lake City school board voted last week to eliminate all extracurricular clubs rather than allow the formation of a gay students' support group at one of its high schools.
The decision was the latest effort by a school board to limit the discussion of homosexuality in public schools. Earlier this month, parents and educators in Merrimack, N.H., filed a federal lawsuit against a school board policy that bars the promotion of homosexuality as "a positive lifestyle alternative."
The Salt Lake City board voted 4-3 on Feb. 20 to eliminate extracurricular clubs beginning in the fall. Board members said they were constrained by a 1984 federal law, the Equal Access Act, to either recognize the proposed Gay-Straight Alliance at the city's East High School or eliminate all clubs...
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