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Sexual Orientation and the Public Schools: The Law is Changing and Becoming More Humane


by Richard Fossey, Todd A. DeMitchell & Suzanne Eckes October 16, 2007

Unfortunately, students and teachers still experience discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation. Nevertheless, thanks to progressive legislators and courts scattered around the country, discrimination in the schools based on sexual orientation is headed toward the dustbin of American history. Among all the problems that public schools face, it is reassuring to know that the civil rights of gays and lesbians in American schools are expanding and not in retreat.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: October 16, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14654, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 12:27:46 AM

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  • Richard Fossey
    University of North Texas
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    RICHARD FOSSEY teaches education law and higher education law at the University of North Texas and directs the Texas Higher Education Law Conference at the University. He has a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and a doctorate in education policy from Harvard University. Prior to entering the field of higher education, he practiced education law in Alaska, representing school districts in Aleut, Athabaskan, and Inuit communities.
  • Todd DeMitchell
    University of New Hampshire
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    TODD A. DEMITCHELL is Professor and Kimball Fellow, Department of Education & Justice Studies Program at the University of New Hampshire. He studies school law, educational policy, and collective bargaining. He has published three books and over 120 articles, book chapters, and essays. Prior to joining the faculty in higher education he spent 18 years in the public schools as a substitute teacher, teacher, assistant principal, principal, director of personnel & labor relations and superintendent.
  • Suzanne Eckes
    Indiana University

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