In a split vote last night, the School Board of our venerable neighbor to the south decided not to include text in the district's non-discrimination policy that would have added "sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression" to the list of characteristics that cannot be used to deny students access to educational activities. Why? The 4 members that voted against changing the policy said they didn't believe it would address the underlying problem: a hostile environment at Saline High School and bullying of students perceived as lesbian, gay, and bi. This brave decision to stay firmly in the past allows employees of Saline Public Schools to deny access to educational activities to students based on sexual orientation. Wouldn't it be funny if they kicked all the straight kids out of theater? Maybe when people talk about Saline's "small town charm" it's really a code for "antiquated institutionalized bigotry."
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