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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Metro School Board passes inclusive nondiscrimination policy

I received a message just minutes ago that the Metro Board of Education has passed additions to its nondiscrimination policy that include sexual orientation and gender identity.

The language can be found at MNEA's site. Here is the relevant portion:

Article III, Section I, Non-Discrimination

[New language is noted in bold.]

There shall be no discrimination in the filling of positions, administrative or classroom or extracurricular because of race, religion, creed, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, color, age and/or disability. Nor shall an applicant for a position be discriminated against because of grade level taught where that experience is not requisite to the desired qualifications.

Congratulations to MNEA for pursuing the policy change and for the Board of Education for adopting it. The achievement comes after years of raising awareness and conversation. Current and future teachers will enjoy an environment where discrimination is not tolerated. Let's hope this opens the door to an inclusive nondiscrimination policy for all Metro employees.

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