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The latest news about schools and issues that affect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students and educators, including articles, Commentaries, videos, and special features.

Transgender Students and Bathrooms: What Should Schools Do?

The Obama administration's guidance to schools on the rights of transgender students has provoked protests, lawsuits, and uncertainty among educators. (May 27, 2016)

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation Friday requiring the state to give guidance to public schools about policies for transgender students, including blocking the schools from forcing the students from using bathrooms that conflict with their gender identities.
July 24, 2017 – AP
While many schools don’t discuss LGBT issues, teachers should play a role in shaping students’ understandings of their gender identity, writes Laura Erickson-Schroth.
July 11, 2017 – Education Week
The justices confronted a number of important K-12 education issues, deciding cases on special education, free exercise of religion, and more.
July 19, 2017 – Education Week
A federal appellate panel upheld an injunction requiring a Wisconsin district to let a student who was born female and now identifies as male use the boys' restroom.
June 7, 2017 – Education Week
More than 830 educators took part in a survey on discussing controversial topics in class. National politics, rather than hot-button issues like race and religion, seemed to be the most divisive in 2017.
April 4, 2017 – Education Week
Researchers estimate that about 0.7 percent of U.S. teens identify as transgender, but they acknowledge that far better data are needed.
March 8, 2017 – Education Week
Teachers should be aware how transgender students can feel unsafe, even in the classroom, writes researcher Jacob Berglin.
February 15, 2017 – Education Week
When it comes to the wrenching matter of student suicide, two psychologists explain how school leaders can support their communities.
February 15, 2017 – Education Week
The education secretary nominee's record on LGBTQ rights does not inspire confidence, writes GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis.
February 2, 2017 – Education Week
Advocates worry that the incoming Trump administration could scale back federal civil rights enforcement in education after nearly eight years of high-profile attention to the subject.
November 30, 2016 – Education Week

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