February 5, 2010
>Natl. Association of Secondary School Principals Supports the Student Non-Discrimination Act
>Last week, U.S. Representative Jared Polis and 60 bipartisan cosponsors introduced the Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA), a bill that would institute protections in public schools against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.
Federal law already prohibits discrimination in schools on the basis of race, nationality, gender, religion and disability, and it’s great that Solis and other members of Congress understand the need to extend these statutes. As GLSEN’s 2007 National School Climate Survey revealed, nearly 9 in 10 LGBT middle and high school students have faced some form of bullying or harassment–whether verbal or physical–in school. Passing and enacting SNDA is a huge step forward in combating these alarming figures.
SNDA has already seen wide support from an array of professional and advocacy organizations, such as the American Civil Liberties Union, the Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund and the School Social Work Association (not to mention GLSEN!). Recently, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) threw its support behind SNDA, citing the detrimental effects that bullying and harassment can have on students’ emotional well-being and academic performance. As NAASP’s Executive Director, Gerald N. Tirozzi, stated:
It’s great to see that national education organizations such as NASSP recognize the need to protect and best serve all students, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. Be sure to stay tuned to the GLSEN Blog–we’ll be providing updates about SNDA as the bill moves forward in Congress!