This past December the Orleans Parish School Board passed a comprehensive anti-bullying policy. It defines bullying, harassment and intimidation as gestures or acts motivated by an enumerated list of real or perceived characteristics, including race, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression or disability. Leslie Ellison, the newly elected School Board member, is attempting to reverse this important anti-bullying policy and advocating to strip out that list. Watch her testimony in the 2012 Legislative Session supporting a bill that would allow schools to strip anti-discrimination protections based on religious freedom.
Of course, keeping an enumerated list is very important to protect ALL students. We need people to attend the public hearing and Board meeting on Tuesday, July 16th at 4:00PM to speak against stripping the policy. We hope you will join us in protecting this important policy for New Orleans students by coming to the OPSB meeting tomorrow.
Orleans Parish School Board Public Meeting
Tuesday, July 16th at 4:00PM
McDonough 35 High School
1331 Kerlerec St
For more information on why enumeration (listing characteristics) matters, click here. Working for safer schools is an essential part of our work and we hope you will continue to support us as we create a safer and more welcoming city and state for our students.
But we can’t do it without you; join us tomorrow as we make our voices heard.
Forum for Equality