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A Guide to Effective Statewide Laws/Policies: Preventing Discrimination against LGBT Students in K-12 Schools: from Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund and GLSEN, the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network. http://www.lambdalegal.org/binary-data/LAMBDA_PDF/pdf/61.pdf (pdf format)

Adding Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity to Discrimination and Harassment Policies in School: from ACLU, the American Civil Liberties Union, and GLSEN, the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network. http://www.aclu.org/safeschools/glsen.html

Be Prepared: What your school board needs to know about the Boy Scouts, school policies, and the law:  (2001) from the American School Board Journal. http://www.lambdalegal.org/sections/library/BSA-asbj.pdf  (pdf format)

Dealing with Legal Matters Surrounding Students' Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: (2004) from the National School Boards Association, American Association of School Administrators, American Federation of Teachers, American School Counselor Association, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, National Association of Elementary School Principals, National Association of Independent Schools, National Association of School Psychologists, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Education Association, National Student Assistance Association, School Social Work Association of America, and United Church of Christ Justice & Witness Ministries.  http://www.nsba.org/site/docs/34600/34527.pdf (pdf format)

Defending Gay/Straight Alliances and Other Gay-Related Groups in Public Schools Under the Equal Access Act: (1998) from Lambda Legal.  http://www.lambdalegal.org/cgi-bin/iowa/documents/record?record=251]  

Education Policy: Issues Affecting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth: (2003) from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.  http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/EducationPolicyReport.html 

Fifteen Expensive Reasons Why Safe Schools Legislation Is In Your State's Best Interest: (2004) from GLSEN, the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network, and NCLR, the National Center for Lesbian Rights. http://www.nclrights.org/publications/15reasons.htm


Frequently Asked Questions on Safe School Policies: (2002) from GLSEN, the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network, and NCLR, the National Center for Lesbian Rights. http://www.nclrights.org/publications/policiesfaq.htm


Gay/Straight Clubs Formed by Public School Students: Why School Officials Need to Treat Them Equally: (1996) from the ACLU, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights. http://www.aclu.org/LesbianGayRights/LesbianGayRights.cfm?ID=9181&c=106


GLBT Civil & Human Rights in Brief in Schools & Families: http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/GLBTCivilHumanRightsinSchoolsinBrief.pdf (pdf format)

Harassment & Discrimination: A Legal Overview: (1999) from the National Center for Lesbian Rights. http://www.nclrights.org/publications/ha-legaloverview.htm

It's Our School: Some Practical Tools For School Safety: from the Washington State Attorney General and OSPI, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction of Washington State. http://www.atg.wa.gov/ourschool/home.htm

Know Your Rights: A Guide for Public School Students in Washington: This document from ACLU summarizes the current laws governing students' life in Washington's public primary and secondary schools. http://www.aclu-wa.org/library_files/Guide for Public School Students.pdf

Laws Supporting Discussions and Groups: If your child is prevented from talking about gay and lesbian issues: from HRC, the Human Rights Campaign.

Making Schools Safe' excerpt: Frequently-Asked Legal Questions: (2003) from Lambda Legal. http://www.aclu.org/LesbianGayRights/LesbianGayRights.cfm?ID=12899&c=106

The Next Step is Ours- WSPTA's Guide to Implementation of the Anti-Bullying Bill: This excellent guide by the Washington State PTA is designed to assist a PTA leader and to encourage activism in the implementation of the law. It includes background on the 2002 Washington State law prohibiting harassment, intimidation and bullying; model policy and procedures and role of the school administrator; steps to take for implementation; questions PTA members should ask; and more. http://www.wastatepta.org/programs/Legislation/antibully_publication2002.pdf (pdf format)

Overview of the Rights of Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Teachers: from GLAD, Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders and GLSEN, the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network. http://www.glsen-mn.org/Resources/323.pdf (pdf format)

Parents' Guide to Public School Discipline in Washington: This guide from ACLU provides nuts-and-bolts advice for parents and guardians whose children are facing disciplinary proceedings in public schools. http://www.aclu-wa.org/library_files/Discipline_guide_parents_3_07.pdf (pdf file)

Parents' Guide to School Board Advocacy in Washington: This publication from ACLU is designed to serve as a tool for parents who want to communicate and advocate before their school board. It is not meant to provide legal advice. http://www.aclu-wa.org/library_files/Advocacy_guide_parents_3_07.pdf (pdf file)

Parents' Guide to Truancy in Washington: This guide from ACLU is designed to help parents understand their children's rights in the truancy process. It is not meant to provide legal advice. http://www.aclu-wa.org/library_files/Truancy_guide_parents_5_07.pdf (pdf file)

Prohibiting Sexual Orientation Discrimination and Harassment Against Students: (2001) from the National School Boards Association's Council of School Attorneys. http://www.nsba.org/site/docs/10700/10697.pdf (pdf format)

Protecting Students from Harassment and Hate Crime: A Guide for Schools: from the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights National Association of Attorneys General, endorsed by the National School Boards Association. http://www.atg.wa.gov/ourschool/1_harass/title.htm

Sexual Orientation Issues for Schools 101: from the National School Boards Association. http://www.nsba.org/site/page_schoolhealth.asp?TRACKID=&CID=1115&DID=12021

School Laws: State by State: from the Human Rights Campaign. http://www.hrc.org/Template.cfm?Section=Youth_Schools&CONTENTID=20814&TEMPLATE=/TaggedPage/TaggedPageDisplay.cfm&TPLID=66

What to Ask School Board Candidates and What They Ought to Tell You in Response: (2003) from the Safe Schools Coalition.  http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/SchoolBoardCandidateAnswers.pdf (pdf format)

Who are you taking to the prom this year? (2000) from the ACLU. http://www.aclu.org/LesbianGayRights/LesbianGayRights.cfm?ID=9215&c=106  

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