U.S. Representative Jared Polis

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Polis Applauds White House Endorsement of Student Non-Discrimination Act

Legislation Will Protect LGBT Students from Bullying and Violence in Schools

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Boulder, CO, April 20, 2012 | comments

Congressman Jared Polis issued the following statement regarding the Obama administration’s endorsement of the Student Non-Discrimination Act, which Polis authored. To ensure that all students have access to public education in a safe environment free from discrimination, including harassment, bullying, intimidation and violence, the Student Non-Discrimination Act establishes a comprehensive federal prohibition of discrimination in public schools based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity and provides victims with meaningful and effective remedies, modeled after Title IX.

“I’m extremely pleased that President Obama has endorsed my Student Non-Discrimination Act, which will help ensure that LGBT students can attend school free of harassment, discrimination and violence. This endorsement is an enormous step forward for equality, but on a human level it is about the right of any student in America to attend school and learn without the fear of being bullied. I intend to work with President Obama and Senator Franken, who introduced the companion bill, to see that the Student Non-Discrimination Act becomes the law of the land.”

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