Monday, November 7, 2011
Some advocates say the Topeka school district could help reduce bullying if it adds sexual orientation and transgender people to its anti-discrimination policy.
The district last week approved the first reading of a proposal to include the categories to its policy. Further action will be required before the change is official.
The Topeka district is believed to be one of the few districts in the state to consider the issue.
The district's attorney, Cindy Kelly, says federal education officials recommend the policy additions because bullying due to sexual orientation or gender identity is rising.
But Paul Getto, of Kansas Association of School Boards, said his agency believes current language required by state law already protects against sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination.