WASHINGTON— Statement of American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten in support of the Student Non-Discrimination Act:
“The AFT has always advocated proudly for LGBTQ students, and we endorse this bill to prohibit discrimination against them in school programs. No child should fear being barred from a school program or denied the resources to participate simply because of who they are, and all students deserve a safe, supportive educational environment where they are treated equally and fairly.
“Yet we know that a much harsher reality still persists for too many of our LGBTQ students. Our federal government must work with schools to create safe, inclusive and welcoming learning environments, free of bullying and harassment, and the AFT stands behind this bill’s efforts to deny federal funds to schools offering anything less.”
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The American Federation of Teachers is a union of 1.7 million professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work our members do.
Mary Cathryn Ricker
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO
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