Thursday, January 28, 2016

What A Difference

In the past couple of days I have been writing about legislation to block trans students from using the facilities of their gender identity, well this is about a town taking the initiative to make sure trans students feel welcome.
Southington Developing Policy on Addressing Transgender Students
NBC Connecticut
By Leslie Mayes
January 27, 2016

The Southington Public Schools are trying to develop a plan on working with and educating transgender students.

Supt. Timothy F. Connellan said developing such a plan has become a necessity in modern education and the goal is to ensure that all students are treated fairly and equally.
And how do the town’s people and the students feel about this proposed policy?
“They spend majority of their time in school. They need to be comfortable wherever they are,” Jyesha Coleman, a Southington parent, said.

“If a student wants to be identified as what they feel they are, I think they should be because it helps them grow as a person,” Stephanie Verderame said.
A little different from some of the schools that I have been reporting on.

This morning I am going to a Safe Schools meeting by the CT Department of Education where we are working on a policy cited in the article. As part of the committee I am vetting the proposal School Climate model policy.

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