Education Week, a news organization which covers mostly Kindergarten through 12th grade education and schools, reported that the nation’s largest teachers union has decided to promote sex-change surgeries for children.
Specifically, the National Education Association (NEA) teachers union, at their annual representative assembly meeting from July 3-6, approved a new measure to promote sex-change producers for the LGBTQ youth.
At the meeting, a “business item” was passed which will spend $580,000 to address “the prevalence of discrimination and violence targeted” at LGBTQ students and educators, according to Education Week.
The Daily Caller News Foundation reports:
Under the new business item, the union will add a “defense of LGBTQ+ rights” into its 2024 political strategy, Education Week reported. The measure requires the NEA to update its “member mobilization” training on how to respond to “anti-LGBTQ legislation or rhetoric” across the country and at the local school board level…
…The new business item requires the union to promote and facilitate access to sex-changing procedures for LGBTQ youth and address homelessness among the community, Education Week reported. In accordance with the measure, the NEA will create grant opportunities for professional development courses regarding preferred pronouns, “LGBTQ-inclusive” policies and how to support gender-transitioning students.
“We know that in ‘24, the next presidential election, [the attacks on LGBTQ+ communities are] only going to get worse,” Scott Miller, head of the NEA’s LGBTQ Caucus, told the outlet. “This helps give NEA a roadmap on how we maneuver through those attacks and how we’re coordinated and making sure we’re one voice rather than fragmented or not on the same page.”
The measure, which will be in place for one year, will update the NEA’s bargaining guidance around LGBTQ issues, such as access to sex-changing procedures for school employees.
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Department of Education Office of Civil Rights opens investigation into Harvard University
On Tuesday the United States Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights opened an investigation into Harvard University in order to determine if the school has fulfilled legal obligation to respond to the increase in antisemitic incidents after Hamas’ brutal attack on Israel on October 7th.
The university agreed to cooperate with the investigation in a statement issued Wednesday. “We support the work of the Office for Civil Rights to ensure students’ rights to access educational programs are safeguarded and will work with the office to address their questions,” the statement read.
The DOE has also opened investigations into Columbia University, Cornell University, Wellesley College, and the University of Pennsylvania this month over “discrimination involving shared ancestry” under Title VI.
the investigation was prompted after a complaint which stated Harvard “discriminated against students on the basis of their national origin (shared Jewish ancestry and/or Israeli) when it failed to respond appropriately to reports of incidents of harassment,”
National Review reports that while the Office of Civil Rights does not typically disclose which specific complaints prompted an investigation, there have been several high-profile incidents of antisemitism at Harvard and other Ivy league universities in recent weeks.
Hedge fund manager Bill Ackman sent an open letter to Harvard president Claudine Gay earlier this month which cited the confrontation at the “die-in” and urged her to take action to protect Jewish students.
“Jewish students are being bullied, physically intimidated, spat on, and in several widely-disseminated videos of one such incident, physically assaulted,” Mr. Ackman wrote. “On-campus protesters on the Widener Library steps and elsewhere shout, ‘Intifada! Intifada! Intifada! From the River to the Sea, Palestine Shall be Free!’”
Harvard President Claudine Gay released a statement about “combatting antisemitism” on November 9:
“I affirm our commitment to protecting all members of our community from harassment and marginalization, and our commitment to meeting antisemitism head-on, with the determination it demands,” Gay said. “Let me reiterate what I and other Harvard leaders have said previously: Antisemitism has no place at Harvard.”
Among the antisemitic events that have circulated national news are how just days after the Hamas attack, a 19-year-old Columbia student was arrested for allegedly assaulting an Israeli student who was trying to prevent the suspect from tearing down posters of Israeli hostages. Also at Cornell, a 21-year-old student was arrested for allegedly threatening to murder and rape his Jewish classmates on an anonymous online message board.
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