Sweeping Settlement Protecting LGBT Students and Free Speech Rights of Teachers

Achieved a sweeping settlement protecting the free speech rights of public school teachers and requiring a local school district to provide comprehensive training to protect students and staff from discrimination based on sexual orientation, race, gender, religion, HIV status, and other factors. In March 2001, the settlement was the first in California history to require staff education and classroom curriculum to combat homophobia in public schools.

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    Laura KiritsyBay WindowsSeptember 12, 2002

    In a decision sure to serve as a warning to school districts everywhere, a California high school teacher who was disciplined for discussing homophobia and racism with his Honors English class was awarded more than $1 million after reaching a settlement with his school district.

  • School Gag Order Ruled Unconstitutional
    Jason BonoThe Daily ReviewAugust 9, 2002

    A court has ruled unconstitutional a requirement that teachers in the San Leandro school district seek permission to discuss controversial topics outside the curriculum with students.