The Erie Community Unit School District in Illinois recently banned the use of GLSEN programs such as “No Name Calling Week” and “Ready! Set! Respect!” due to the fact that it is an LGBT-awareness service. GLSEN was already accepted by the school board’s committee and was in use at the elementary school when they decided to suddenly pull the program. GLSEN contacted the school board and has requested that they reverse the ban, but the school has refused to change their mind. GLSEN also informed them that noted educational organizations, such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the National Association of Elementary School Principals, have recommended GLSEN resources in order to instill respect and tolerance in the students. Due to the school’s inflexible standpoint, GLSEN has started a petition on Change.org, asking the school board to reverse the ban. This petition will also encourage districts across the nation to accept GLSEN resources, in order to endorse respect for members of the LGBT community.
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