The El Rancho Unified School District Board of Education adopted a Resolution in support of Assembly Bill 493, authored by Assembly Member Todd Gloria. This Resolution encourages school districts to provide LGBTQ+ support and resources training to school site teachers and staff.
Schools have been instrumental in providing a safety net against the effects of discrimination and lack of acceptance for the LGBTQ community, which can result in higher dropout rates, lower economic success, higher rates of homelessness, higher rates of substance abuse and suicide. According to the 2017 National School Climate Survey, 82% of LGBTQ students report hearing anti-LGBTQ remarks, 7 in 10 report being called names or threatened based on their sexual orientation, more than one-third report missing at least one day of school because of feeling unsafe, and 49% report cyberbullying. This can negatively affect their academic achievement, as well as their mental and physical health.
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