Tag: High School

transgender rights protest

In First Full Week of 2022, Lawmakers in At Least 7 States Propose New Anti-Trans Legislation

Although 2021 was dubbed by many, including the Human Rights Campaign. as the “worst year in recent history for LGBTQ state legislative attacks,” many equality and advocacy experts warn 2022 appears to be getting off with an equally hate-filled start.  Matt Lavietes of NBC News reported that “throughout the first…

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School in Vermont Charged in New ALCU Complaint With Failing To Protect Its Only Black Student 

In 2020, a 10th-grade Black female student attending high school in Vermont began experiencing severe harassment and racial discrimination from her classmates. The girl was new to the school, as well as the only Black student, and despite “repeated derogatory racial slurs, references to white supremacy and threats of physical…

girls high school sports

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Officially Bans Transgender Students From School Sports

Holding true to threats he has made in the past, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has officially signed into Texas state law a rule that would restrict transgender students from participating in high school sports consistent with their gender identity. ESPN’s Katie Barnes reported that following Abbott’s action, Texas has become…

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Nearly 6,000 Students and Faculty in Florida County Quarantine or Self-Isolate Following Possible Exposure to COVID-19

In one of the worst ways imaginable to welcome in the new school year, thousands of students in a single Florida school district are now isolating or quarantining due to possible COVID-19 exposure, just days after schools opened in the state. Tim Fitzsimons of NBC News reported that “over 5,000…

Asian history

Illinois Becomes First US State To Mandate Teaching Asian American History in Public Schools

Following more than a year of biased attacks and increased discrimination against Asian American individuals, groups on the state and national level are continuing to step up and look for new ways to end the violence while increasing inclusion, representation and awareness for the AAPI community. The latest effort? Illinois…

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14-Year-Old Zaila Avant-garde Wins National Spelling Bee; First-Ever African American Winner in Event History

With her successful spelling of the word “murraya,” a type of tropical Asiatic and Australian tree, Zaila Avant-garde from Harvey, Louisana won the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee, becoming the event’s first-ever African American winner and the second Black winner in the competition’s 96-year history, after Jamaica’s Jody-Anne Maxwell won…