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Should Schools Tell Parents that a Child is Lesbian or Gay?: Useful Guidance from a Federal Court in California


by Richard Fossey, Todd A. DeMitchell & Suzanne Eckes — November 08, 2007

In California, a lesbian school girl sued school authorities, arguing that her constitutional right to privacy had been violated when her principal disclosed her sexual orientation to her mother. The case, Nguon v. Wolf, provides useful guidance to educators about how and when to discuss a student's sexual orientation with the student's parents.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: November 08, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14742, Date Accessed: 12/16/2017 7:38:52 PM

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  • Richard Fossey
    University of North Texas
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    RICHARD FOSSEY is a professor of education law at the University of North Texas. He is co-author, along with Todd A. DeMitchell and Suzanne Eckes, of Sexual Orientation, Public Schools, and the Law, published by the Education Law Association. He holds a J.D. degree from the University of Texas School of Law and an Ed.D. degree from Harvard University.
  • 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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