Saturday, April 12, 2014

CDA Press: Policy Review Finds North Idaho School District Doesn't Need to 'Add the Words'

Posted By on Sat, Apr 12, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Coeur d'Alene may be one of the handful of Idaho cities to add the words "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to its local nondiscrimination ordinance, but according to a policy review, the same doesn't—and likely won't—apply to its school district.

According to this morning's Coeur d'Alene Press, community members and school officials will gather Monday, April 14 for a presentation on nondiscrimination policies at the district, led by the school board's legal counsel, Marc Lyons.

The Press reports Lyons' findings that sexual orientation and gender identity are already protected—at least in some cases—under Titles VII and IX. The federal laws have been used in other states not only to protect students from harassment due to sexual orientation and gender identity, but require facilities like locker rooms and restrooms be opened to them.

Add the Words advocates earlier this spring asked the Coeur d'Alene School District to overhaul its nondiscrimination policies to include LGBT protections, prompting the review by Lyons. But, according to a slide from Lyons' presentation, quoted by the Press, "No additional language is required by law to be added to the District's non-discrimination policies."

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