Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Press: North Idaho School District Asked to Add the Words

Posted By on Tue, Mar 4, 2014 at 9:30 AM

While LGBT advocates continue to protest at the Idaho Statehouse, urging lawmakers to add the words "gender identify" and "sexual orientation" to the Idaho Human Rights Act, some of Idaho's largest municipalities, including the city of Boise, chose to add the words to city ordinances.

But it's rare when a school district is asked the "add the words." This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that nine months after the Coeur d'Alene City Council adopted its own add the words ordinance, trustees with the Coeur d'Alene School District are being asked to do the same.

A group of parents approached trustees March 3 and asked the school board to "overhaul" the district's discrimination protections. The Press reports that more than 140 people crowded into the trustee meeting room on March 3, just before an attorney representing the parents told trustees that she "found nine different school district policies that are silent on nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity."

The board chair said trustees would ask their attorney to review the request.

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