Public Schools and Sexual Orientation 

Next week, the human rights commission is preparing to clarify the rights of transgender students in public schools. Commission counsel, John Gause says it will help students and administrators answer questions that have come up in recent years regarding sexual orientation in schools. The proposed guidelines are an interpretation of the law. They are not rules or regulations which are mandated according to Guase. Gause says the guidance will clarify that schools cannot allow harrassment based on sexual orientation and that schools must allow students access to programs consistent to their gender identity.Human Rights Commission Meeting 1:30pm Senator Inn, Augusta Proposed Guidance, Sexual Orientation in Educational Institutions (Discussion of the proposed guidance will be in a work session. Discussion will be limited to Commissioners and staff at this time. The public is welcome to attend.)