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Disability group asks judges to reconsider special-needs lawsuit decision

(Source: Journal Sentinel Online)

A disability advocacy group that lost its special-education lawsuit against Milwaukee Public Schools three weeks ago when a federal appeals court panel ruled in favor of the district is now asking for all the judges at the court to review the decision.

Disability Rights Wisconsin filed a petition Friday that asked all the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals judges in Chicago to re-hear the decision made by a three-judge panel on Feb. 3. The group says that the decision conflicts with how the Seventh Circuit has interpreted and decided other similar cases.

Specifically, the decision of the three-judge panel decertified the class in the 11-year-old class-action lawsuit and also vacated the liability and remedial orders that the school district was obligated to follow.

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Elementary schools must teach about LGBT families

Ellen Kahn with her two daughters. (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Only two out of 10 elementary school students have learned about same-sex-headed families, according to a new study commissioned by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). Combine this with the fact that same-sex families with children live in 96 percent of counties in the United States, and we clearly have a failure to teach children about the world and people around them.

In its study, “Playgrounds and Prejudice: Elementary School Climate in the United States,” GLSEN found that during classroom discussions of families, nearly 90 percent of elementary school teachers said they taught students about different types of families—but less than a quarter included representations of LGB parents, and less than 10 percent included transgender parents.

Only a quarter reported “having personally engaged in efforts to create a safe and supportive classroom environment for families with LGBT parents.”

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