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Province Introducing Bill to Protect Students Looking to Create or Join GSA

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Province Introducing Bill to Protect Students Looking to Create or Join GSA

Minister Eggen and colleagues meet with supporters of the new legislation // Photo Supplied by GOA

The provincial government is trying to better protect students looking to join gay-straight alliances at school.

The NDP’s introduced the “An Act to Protect Gay Straight Alliances” on Thursday which would look to amend the “School Act” by ensuring every publicly funded school in Alberta has a clear policy allowing students to create or join a GSA.

“Our top priority is for all schools across Alberta to be safe and welcoming for all students, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression,” said David Eggen, Minister of Education, in a release.

“These amendments are intended to provide clarity and consistency to support students, families and school authorities.”

Some of the other proposed changes include protecting the privacy of these students, protecting the establishment of GSAs from political interference, and ensuring each principal help’s students create the alliance in a timely manner.

If passed, the earliest it could be enforced would be April 1, 2018, with schools having until June 30, 2018, to make their policies public.

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