our first ever Member Round Table Discussion. Where we share concerns, issues we are facing, and responses by our districts.
When: Noon Eastern May 12th.
Where: Goto Webinar- Archive here
This month's Topics: Transgender Policies
Who: Bridget Ziegler (Sarasota) and Nancy Stacy (Marion) presented current and pending challenges and case law and co-facilitated a discussion.
Governmental Agency Actions or opinions (chronological order)
Marion County Resolution: Explains that Title IX addresses discrimination based on "sex" but not gender identity
DOE / DOJ "guidance" on Title IX May 13th
Legal cases or opinions:
Arcadia Letter OCR
Downey Unified District Agreement
Downey Unified School District Letter (OCR)
GG v. Goucester County School
Johnson v. University of Pittsburgh
Medical and scholarly articles on the topic:
American College of Pediatricians "Gender Ideology Harms Children"
Gender Identity Disorder (GID)- DSM-IV - The DSM-IV estimates that 1 in 30 000 (0.003%) natal males and 1 in 100 000 natal females have GID (0.001%)*
* "estimates of GID in the general US population (4.3/100 000 persons). The rate of suicide-related events among GID-diagnosed VHA veterans was more than 20 times higher than were rates for the general VHA population"
Gender Identity Disorder (Dysphoria) - DSM-V Became Sole Diagnostic Criteria Oct 1, 2015
Co-morbidity of psychological disorders-
Prevalence of Gender Identity Disorder and Suicide Risk Among Transgender Veterans Utilizing Veterans Health Administration Care, (2013) Am J Public Health v.103(10); Oct 2013 PMC3780758
Take away- As policy makers, we must consider these issues and have conversations about our local policies and practices before local control is lost. (May DOE / DOJ announcement was next day after this)
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Keep Florida Learning Committee to Talk Education Standards in Tampa
June 11, 2015 - 6:00pm
The political buzz might be in Tallahassee for now, but the education buzz will be in Tampa next week as the committee meets that was designated to take a closer look at some of the hottest issues facing the state's education system.
The Keep Florida Learning committee will head to Tampa for its second meeting June 18-19. The two-day meeting will cover basics like the Sunshine Law, but committee members will be discussing the Florida Standards at the meeting as well.
The KFL committee is a result of a promise made by Gov. Rick Scott during his re-election campaign last year. Concerns over a variety of issues like testing, deregulation and education standards have only seemed to grow in recent years, and Scott was determined to prioritize pushing Florida's education system on the path to success.
By December, Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart had announced the committee's formation -- after sorting through hundreds of applications, the final 10-member committee was formed in February.
- See more at: http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/story/keep-florida-learning-committee-talk-education-standards-tampa#sthash.y3Axd5fN.dpuf
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From a Friend of the Coalition, Rep. Manny Diaz Jr.' s Facebook Page: "
Florida lawmakers voted to:
Expand Eligibility & More than Double Funding for Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts:
Increased funding for this program and expanded eligibility will give more students with special needs opportunities for better outcomes on their educational paths. Funding for PLSAs more than doubles the first-year investment from $18.4 million to $55 million, and eligibility is expanded to include Autism Spectrum Disorder, muscular dystrophy, and otherwise-eligible three and four year olds. Among other improvements made, lawmakers agreed to provide a three percent administrative fee (not deducted from student scholarships) to support the program’s operational costs and help ensure families have access to the information and administrative assistance they need to participate fully in this innovative program.
Give Teachers State-covered Liability Insurance Protection:
Florida’s full-time teachers will no longer have to pay to obtain liability insurance as they work to shape children's lives. Lawmakers voted for the state to purchase this protection for a relatively low cost per teacher, creating and funding the program as a benefit that allows educators to focus on teaching without having to worry about frivolous claims."