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Department of Education to Collect Anti-LGBT Bullying Data Nationwide

GLSEN's executive director Eliza Byard reports:

GlsenJust a few minutes ago, the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Education made a groundbreaking announcement – it intends to collect data in schools nationwide about anti-LGBT bullying as part of its Civil Rights Data Collection, an influential survey that is used to inform government action.

I’m proud to say that GLSEN’s longtime leadership in Washington urging the government to take action played an integral role in making this change happen...

Byard attributes the change in part to  a trip to D.C. with three GLSEN student leaders to meet Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. She was told at the White House in May on Harvey Milk Day that because one of the students asked Duncan to investigate such data collection, he made the request to the department.

Adds Byard:

LGBT-inclusive data collection may seem like a wonky goal. But let me tell you, data drives decision-making, and what is measured is what is valued when it comes to government action. Liam, one of GLSEN’s amazing student leaders, secured a huge advance for LGBT youth nationwide.

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  1. This is great news!

    Posted by: Reality | Jun 21, 2013 7:34:18 PM

  2. Breakthrough.
    Dept of Education Office of Civil Rights recognizing antigay bullying.

    Thanks to Liam and his unnamed cohorts for speaking up. Every voice, every effort to be unbroken is a step towards equality.

    Posted by: JONES | Jun 21, 2013 8:16:12 PM

  3. This seems like big news in the sense that so many schools, most in fact, simply do not report on anti-LGBT bullying. Like it does not exist, they ignore it. Now with the US Department of Education collecting data and information regarding anti-LGBT bullying in schools, the information regarding the plight so many LGBT youth face will be something detailed in concrete numbers and facts from our government.

    What I want to know is---will this actually have an impact regarding the Safe Schools act, and have an impact in terms of only 9% of schools having Gay-Straight Alliances? Will schools with failing grades, if you will, regarding their actions to stop anti-LGBT bullying, be charged? Be penalized? The data needs to be used for something to make a big impact.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Jun 21, 2013 8:17:32 PM

  4. If they collect data only from the schools it will be under-reporting reality. There should also be ways (toll-free phone, e-mail, SMS, etc.) for students, parents, and TEACHERS (who may require anonymity to keep their jobs) to report incidents also. Then follow-up on those reports with the schools when their data doesn't show those same incidents ever having occured.

    Some incidents need to be reported to the local police, as well. And the Justice Department (FBI), which already compiles hate crime data from police departments, should be told to expect a report from the local police. And when that report doesn't come-through from the police, the FBI should investigate the police's lack of response to a reported crime.

    As Ronald Reagan said, "Trust... but Verify."

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Jun 21, 2013 10:50:30 PM

  5. What The Beaver just said...

    Posted by: Pookie | Jun 22, 2013 3:44:50 AM

  6. I don't really understand why our public school system can't adopt the policies used in the corporate world. Strict sexual-harassment policies should be instated with a "3 strikes" rule. 1st strike you get written up, 2nd strike suspended, 3rd strike expelled.

    The thought process of bullying begins at home when the parents are anti-gay themselves. Let's see how quickly those parents get control of their kids when their kid is about to get expelled.

    Posted by: Michael | Jun 22, 2013 7:26:26 PM

  7. Preach it, Anastasia! You're really smart about this stuff. People should listen to you. I hope someone pulls up this article, reads your comment, and implements. You really seem to have covered your bases, Anastasia. Bravo!!

    Posted by: Just_a_guy | Jul 7, 2013 11:30:40 PM

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