Eye on Education

Gay Rights Debate Moves to the Ohio School Board

Ohio school board members are split over whether to bar school districts from firing teachers because they are gay or bisexual. The Associated Press reports that board member Stephanie Dodd Stephanie Dodd introduced an amendment to state’s operating standards to include sexual orientation as a protected class. The board took testimony Tuesday from backers of the amendment.

A proposal to protect schoolteachers from being fired or otherwise treated differently on the basis of sexual orientation is dividing the state school board. Backers of the proposed policy change told the Ohio Board of Education on Tuesday the move would encourage the hiring and retention of the brightest teachers and set an example of inclusion for gay, lesbian and transgender youths.

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