Passing this along to Connector readers on behalf of Equality Delaware. There have been some letters in the News-Journal opposing the proposed DDOE regulation—and none in favor. The public comment period ends December 4.
At Governor Carney’s request, the Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) has published for public comment a proposed regulation that will protect students against harmful discrimination in school based on characteristics such as race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression. The proposed regulation would help to ensure that public and charter schools in Delaware are accepting and inclusive spaces for ALL students, including LGBTQ students.
There is a public comment period on the proposed regulation that lasts until December 4, 2017, and we need your voice in this important discussion.
A national study by GLSEN indicates that 75% of transgender youth, for example, do not feel safe at school. Equality Delaware officials have reviewed the regulation and the model non-discrimination policy proposed by the DDOE. We support this regulation and encourage its immediate adoption. This proposal is an excellent first step to ensure a safe and affirming school environment for all students, free from discrimination.
There are anti-LGBTQ groups and others in Delaware that are actively working to oppose this regulation, so it is critical that the DDOE hears from our community in support of the proposed regulation. We also encourage you to copy your state and local legislators and school board members on your comments, and to encourage others to comment favorably on the proposed regulation.
SAMPLE EMAIL COMMENT
CC: [ADD YOURSTATE AND LOCAL POLITICIANS AND SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS]
Subject: Proposed Regulation 225 Prohibition of Discrimination
Dear Secretary Bunting,
Thank you for your leadership in developing a regulation and model policy to prevent discrimination in Delaware schools. This is a great step forward for our State. It is important for our schools to be places where all students feel safe and accepted for who they are. I think the proposed regulation could be strengthened to further protect students from discrimination, and I support the immediate adoption of the proposed regulation.
All students should feel safe in school, and no student should face discrimination. In particular, LGBTQ students, especially transgender students, need this guidance so that all schools understand that LGBTQ students should be treated in a non-discriminatory manner, and with dignity and respect.
Thank you for your dedication to strengthen anti-discrimination protections in our schools.
[YOUR NAME, CITY/TOWN]
Comments can also be submitted by mail to:
Delaware Department of Education
RE: 225 Prohibition of Discrimination
401 Federal Street, Suite 2
Dover, Delaware 19901
Thanks for making your voice heard,
Mark Purpura and Lisa Goodman