For LGBTQ students, schools in these 6 states may be least welcoming

"State lawmakers are trying to prevent trans students from participating in school activities like sports, force teachers to out students and censor any in-school discussions of LGBTQ people and issues," according to the American Civil Liberties Union.

Book ban breakdown: Which titles are being removed and where

A citizen's challenge was so urgent that a special meeting of the Escambia County school board was held this week to consider removing a trio of books from the district's libraries and classrooms. 

How new ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bills are more restrictive than the original

A proposal in Indiana would banish instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity from all classrooms, kindergarten through 12th grade, while Iowa lawmakers aim to eliminate the topics through eighth grade.

300 picture books most-banned in schools describe our struggles for inclusion

Many of the picture books yanked from school shelves tell the true stories of civil rights or LGBTQ experiences while some are simply "lighthearted fiction about animals or babies."

Superintendents, are you sick of the culture wars? So are many parents

A majority of parents say the culture wars—i.e., banning books and stifling 'woke' agendas—are much less important than academic advancement and school safety, according to a new survey.

Do LGBTQ students in your state feel safer at school or at home?

More than half of the LGBTQ youth identified their schools as affirming spaces compared to less than four in 10 who said the same about their homes, according to a national survey.

Are the schools in your district inclusive? Here’s how to find out

Honesty is key when it comes to evaluating how well your schools promote inclusivity. The CDC's new Self-Assessment Tool helps administrators gain clarity in this area.

How are principals responding to political interference? Not so well

A survey conducted by the Institute for Democracy, Education and Access at the University of California Los Angeles and the Civic Engagement Research Group at the University of California Riverside showcases the concerns of nearly 700 high school principals surrounding political interference in schools.

LGBTQ+ school leaders are focused on 3 issues beyond the political climate

Members of the LGBTQ+ School Leaders Network are prioritizing self-care, professional growth and supporting students and teachers in a changing environment.

Will new LGBTQ protections mean the end of hostile school climates?

“The 2021 National School Climate Survey reveals that LGBTQ+ students are experiencing unacceptable rates of bullying and discrimination in the classroom, which impacts their mental health, self-esteem and educational aspirations," said Joseph Kosciw, director of GLSEN Research Institute. But evidence shows that inclusive policies, GSAs, and supportive educators can create environments where all students can thrive.

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