The Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA) has not yet been reintroduced in the 115th Congress.

Summary

SNDA would establish a comprehensive Federal prohibition of discrimination in public schools based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. SNDA would provide protections for LGBTQ students and ensure that all students have access to public education in a safe environment free from discrimination, harassment, bullying, intimidation, and violence. SNDA would also provide meaningful and effective remedies (loss of federal funding and legal cause of action for victims) for discrimination in public schools modeled after Title IX.

 

PFLAG Talking Points

  • Discrimination harms our students and our education system. Every day, students who are or who are perceived to be LGBTQ are subjected to pervasive discrimination including harassment, bullying, intimidation, and violence, which is harmful to both students and our education system.

  • LGBTQ students lack legal protections. While federal civil rights statutes expressly address discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, or national origin, they do not explicitly include sexual orientation or gender identity. As a result, LGBTQ students and parents have often had limited legal recourse when they experience discrimination. Having explicit non-discrimination policies protecting students who are or are perceived to be LGBTQ gives teachers and administrators the tools they need to protect all students.

  • The bill cultivates respect which will create safer schools. The bill provides language ensuring that all students have a safe learning environment which helps reduce the nation’s growing dropout rate. Research shows that bullying and harassment are serious problems that impede students’ academic progress and overall mental health. Left unchecked, discrimination can lead, and has led, to life-threatening violence and to suicide.

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