As much as I hate what SB263 did (Gender Identity as yet another Protected Class – like we need MORE of ‘classes’ instead of just being “Americans” as in E Pluribus Unum?
SB 263 also said that School Districts SHALL (as in “you WILL DO this”) create policies that would protect and keep all of the Protected Classes safe from discrimination (or, not really being able to keep them “safe” but to punish anyone caught “discriminating”).
Anyways, I’m betting that while a number of NH School Districts HAVE created a “Transgender and non-conforming students” policy, they haven’t done so for the other Protected Class. Certainly, mine has not. Thus, I decided to goad them – and you should as well. Especially true if you are a Person of Faith as it seems that the Transgender Agenda is dead set (along with the Left’s general principles) your beliefs.
In fact, it seems, that local Discrimination policies are pushing aside Constitution protections of Freedom of Expression for those of faith; religious liberty was a capstone value in the founding of America but is being shoved aside by any of the political PC “fads” of this political age.
So, given the rapid implementation of the transgender policy in my District, where are the OTHER policies meant to defend the other Protected Classes? Given that they’ve been around longer, why aren’t School Districts following the law and doing their jobs?
Gilford School Board
Policy JBAB, promulgated by the NH School Board Association, was rapidly adopted by the Gilford School District when SB263 was passed by the NH Legislature and signed into Law by NH Governor Chris Sununu. It reads, in full (emphasis mine):
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen
AN ACT relative to anti-discrimination protection for students in public schools.
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
282:1 New Subdivision; Discrimination in Public Schools. Amend RSA 193 by inserting after section 37 the following new subdivision:
Discrimination in Public Schools
193:38 Discrimination in Public Schools. No person shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in public schools because of their age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, marital status, familial status, disability, religion, or national origin, all as defined in RSA 354-A. Any person claiming to be aggrieved by a discriminatory practice prohibited under this section, including the attorney general, may initiate a civil action against a school or school district in superior court for legal or equitable relief, or with the New Hampshire commission for human rights, as provided in RSA 354-A:27-28.
193:39 Discrimination Prevention Policy Required. Each school district and chartered public school shall develop a policy that guides the development and implementation of a coordinated plan to prevent, assess the presence of, intervene in, and respond to incidents of discrimination on the basis of age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, marital status, familial status, disability, religion, national origin, or any other classes protected under RSA 354-A.
282:2 New Subdivision; Opportunity for Public Education Without Discrimination a Civil Right. Amend RSA 354-A by inserting after section 26 the following new subdivision:
Opportunity for Public Education Without Discrimination a Civil Right
354-A:27 Opportunity for Public Education Without Discrimination a Civil Right. No person shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in public schools because of their age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, marital status, familial status, disability, religion or national origin, all as defined in this chapter.
354-A:28 Procedure on Public School Complaints.
I. Any person claiming to be aggrieved by a discriminatory practice prohibited under RSA 354-A:27 may initiate a civil action in superior court against a school or school district for legal or equitable relief, or file a complaint with the commission as provided in RSA 354-A:21. The attorney general may also initiate such a civil action in superior court or by complaint with the commission.
II. Any complaint filed with the commission pursuant to paragraph I shall comply with and be subject to the procedures outlined in this chapter, with the exception that such complaints may be removed to superior court at any time in compliance with RSA 508:4
282:3 Effective Date. This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.
Approved: July 19, 2019
Effective Date: September 17, 2019
Two actions were mandated by this new Law:
- That “Gender Identity” has been legally created as yet another “Protected Class”
- Each School District SHALL (an imperative – think MUST!) policies for EACH of those enumerated Protected Classes.
As of yet, I cannot find, in the Policy Section of the SAU73 website, a similar one for another Protected Class: Religion.
Why is this? Policy JBAB was adopted January 1 of 2020 – a bit less than 4 months after SB263 became law. Religion as a Protected Class, however, has been around far longer than “Gender Identity” yet the School Board has deigned to ignore and disobey SB263 / RSA 193 in this regard.
When will the Board craft its mandatory Policy, similar to Policy JBAB, for those Staff and Students of Faith? Why have you chosen, by inaction, to discriminate against of Faith? What is needed to occur to shove the Board into compliance with NH Law?
As I do not have the email addresses of the rest of my elected Representatives on the Gilford School Board, please forward this email to them as a formal request of said elected Representatives. Please know that I am NOT interested in hearing from “the Administration” – they report to you but you (collectively) report to the voters of Gilford. You make the Policy (and not the NHSBA nor the Administration) – this is your responsibility.
So, back to rabble-rousing. Funny, that – getting political subdivisions of the State (of which School Districts/Boards are one) to do what they have been mandated to do is…rabble-rousing??
It will be interesting to see what the Board’s reaction will be when I ask this question tonite. After all, how long can they resist in doing what the Law tells them to do – especially if someone is reminding them of their duties as elected representatives to follow the Law?
Big Flashlights – are you willing to pick up yours and shine it where it is needful?
I will tell you, it can be a bit scary at first, and then becomes rather….fun!