Michigan State Board of Education passes Anti-Parent, Anti-Girl's Sports Resolution

May 10, 2023

(We thank Michigan State Board of Education member Tom McMillin for the details cited below)

 

On Tuesday, May 9, the MI State Board of Education passed a resolution attempting to mandate an LGBTQ+ History Month, an LGBTQ+ Pride month, a Transgender Day of visibility and an additional official day of LGBTQ+ demonstrations. The resolution also calls on teachers to bring transgender topics directly into the classrooms. This resolution passed 6-2, along party lines.

All six Democrats rejected proposed Republican amendments to protect girls' sports, prevent taxpayer-funded transition procedures on students and the recognition of parents' rights. The full meeting can be viewed here.

The Kent County Republican Party welcomes parents to join our organization and help us elect candidates that uphold parental rights and protect students.

 

The text of the passed Democrat-introduced resolution:

MICHIGAN’S STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF MICHIGAN’S LGBTQ+ STUDENTS, STAFF, AND GSA/LGBTQ+ CLUBS

 

WHEREAS Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, and others (“LGBTQ+”) students experience high rates of bullying, victimization, and harassment at schools on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity, or that of their associates; 

 

WHEREAS this bullying, victimization, and harassment has led to negative educational outcomes for LGBTQ+ students, including higher rates of dropping out, higher rates of absenteeism, and lower postsecondary school aspirations; 

 

WHEREAS LGBTQ+ students also report higher rates of anxiety and depression; 

 

WHEREAS in the case of Rouch World LLC et al v. Michigan Department of Civil Rights et al, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled, that the state’s non-discrimination law, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, includes sexual orientation and gender identity;  

 

WHEREAS Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation expanding the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA) which reaffirms legal protections for sexual orientation and expands coverage to include gender identity and expression; 

 

WHEREAS Title IX rules that no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. 

 

WHEREAS the U.S. Department of Education in a Notice of Interpretation have recognized that the Supreme Court’s reasoning in the Bostock decision applies to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and that Title IX prohibits discrimination against and harassment of students and school employees based on their gender identity and sexual orientation; 

 

WHEREAS in a landmark opinion Bostock v. Clayton County decided on June 15, 2020, the United States Supreme Court recognized that discriminating on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity is always a form of sex discrimination, and federal law prohibits sex discrimination in employment and education; 

 

WHEREAS The National Education Association (NEA) developed a model school board resolution as a result of the Bostock Supreme Court decision. This model policy will help local districts to make meaningful changes at the local level to protect the civil rights of all students;  

 

WHEREAS under the federal Equal Access Act (EAA) of 1984, any school that permits non-curriculum related student groups must provide equal access to all student groups, and that includes equal access for GSAs and or LGBTQ+ student clubs; 

 

WHEREAS the State Board of Education recognizes that Michigan families come in many different forms and the State Board of Education values all families and students’ caregivers, regardless of gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation;

 

WHEREAS the State Board of Education recognizes that there are Michigan Public School employees and educators who are a part of the LGBTQ+ community and that all employees are valued members of the school community regardless of their gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation;

 

WHEREAS the State Board of Education has a responsibility to ensure that all students in Michigan Public Schools, regardless of gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation, can safely access a free public K-12 education;

 

WHEREAS creating a welcoming and safe school environment for LGBTQ+ students, staff, families, and caregivers makes Michigan’s school communities more welcoming and safe to all;

 

WHEREAS the State Board of Education supports education that celebrates our different identities; integrity in how we treat others; and courage to do what’s right by listening to, learning from, and respecting diverse viewpoints; 

 

WHEREAS educational personnel are often the primary sources of support, resources, and information to assist and support students and student learning, which includes their social and emotional health;

 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Michigan State Board of Education prohibits discrimination against all persons, whether student, family/caregiver of a student, or school employee, on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, or the actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression of their associates;

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Michigan State Board of Education prohibits bullying and harassment against all persons, whether student or district employee, on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, or the actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression of their associates;

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board declares that Michigan’s public schools must be a safe and affirming space for its students, meaning that Michigan’s public school districts are a place for students to learn, to thrive, and to seek assistance, information, and support free from discrimination and bullying;

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board affirms LGBTQ+ student groups including Gay-Straight Alliances, Gender and Sexuality Alliances (“GSAs”) and or any LGBTQ+ Clubs across the districts;

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board shall designate October as LGBTQ+ History Month, June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month, March 31st as International Transgender Day of Visibility, and approve students’ participation in the Day of Silence, a demonstration against bullying and harassment of LGBTQ+ students in schools held on a Friday in April every year;

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED the Board affirms that certificated Michigan Public School District employees should have the academic freedom to discuss this Resolution during class time provided it is age-appropriate; and students are to be made aware that District counselors are available to discuss the subjects contained in this Resolution; 

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Resolution shall not be construed to conflict with any existing Michigan or federal law.

 

The text of the rejected Republican amendments:

 

After the last Be It Further Resolved paragraph, insert:

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that stating scientific facts like: no male-born person will ever ovulate, is not considered bullying nor harassment.

 

After the last Be It Further Resolved paragraph, insert:

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that students with a penis should not compete in girls’ sports.

 

After the last Be It Further Resolved paragraph, insert:

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that it should be unlawful for government funds to be paid to doctors who encourage students to undergo transition treatment without parental consent.

 

After the last Be It Further Resolved paragraph, insert:

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a student’s parents are responsible for raising a student.