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DeVos Rewrites Title IX Guidance on Sexual Assault and Harassment

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' office for civil rights is reversing itself on several key changes to how it investigates civil rights claims that had infuriated the civil rights community. (November 27, 2018)

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A scant majority of 51 percent say students should be able to use the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity in an Education Week national survey of local educators.

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A federal appeals court ruling that Title IX protects the rights of students to use restrooms that correspond with their gender identity could have far-reaching implications for schools.
April 27, 2016 – Education Week
The state is the first to enact a law that will limit transgender students access to restrooms and locker rooms in public schools.
March 30, 2016 – Education Week
Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard rejected a measure that would have created the first state-level restrictions on transgender students’ use of school restrooms and locker rooms.
March 9, 2016 – Education Week
A bill awaiting action from the South Dakota governor would require transgender students to use the restrooms and locker rooms that match with their biological sex at birth.
February 24, 2016 – Education Week
Recent disputes over schools' treatment of transgender students present complicated questions for educators.
November 11, 2015 – Education Week
Despite gains since the first edition of One Teacher in Ten, many gay and lesbian educators lack policy protections and the support of school leaders, says Kevin Jennings.
September 9, 2015 – Education Week
Special education teacher Gary Hamilton writes about his struggles to own his identity as a gay black educator.
June 3, 2015 – Teacher
As the U.S. Supreme Court weighs whether to legalize gay marriage nationally, recent research estimates some 210,000 children under 18 are being raised by same-sex couples.
May 6, 2015 – Education Week
Gay couples are making their case to the U.S. Supreme Court over states' refusal to license or recognize such unions, a conflict with an array of implications for schools.
April 22, 2015 – Education Week
High school writing teacher Patty Smith discusses the importance of building an LGBT-inclusive school community.
February 17, 2015 – Education Week

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