Public comment open on proposed State Board of Education LGBTQ policies

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The State Board of Education is considering a new set of policy recommendations for Michigan schools concerning LGBTQ students. The proposed policy would outline guidance for the state’s school districts on how to address the issues concerning these students, such as restroom and locker room use.

A period for public comment is now open until May 11 on the “State Board of Education Draft Statement and Guidance on Safe and Supportive Learning Environments for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Students.”

The guidelines were prepared by a group of stakeholders and approved by Brian Whiston, the state superintendent. They are being considered by the State Board of Education, whose members are elected statewide in the general election.

The current members of the board are John C. Austin, D-Ann Arbor; Michelle Fecteau, D-Detroit; Lupe Ramos-Montigny, D-Grand Rapids; Pamela Pugh, D-Saginaw; Kathleen N. Straus, D-Detroit; Casandra E. Ulbrich, D-Rochester Hills; Eileen Lappin Weiser, R-Ann Arbor; and Richard Zeile, R-Dearborn.

Residents can read the guidelines by clicking here. Those wishing to comment on the proposed guidelines should visit everyvoicecountsmi.org.