On Tuesday the United States Department of Education issued a 10-page “guidance” letter (.pdf) to schools, colleges and universities around the country to explain educators’ responsibility in protecting students from harassment. The letter says certain types of bullying could violate federal law, specifically the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Education Amendments of 1972, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. #
The letter specifically notes that Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 includes LGBT protections. #
Also on Tuesday, the Josephson Institute Center for Youth Ethics released the results of its 2010 Ethics of American Youth study, the largest survey (.pdf) to ever look at attitudes and conduct of American students. #
Among the results, the center found 50 percent of students surveyed admitted to bullying someone within the last year and 47 percent say they were victims of bullying. The study surveyed 43,321 high school students in 2009 and 2010. #
According to an HIV/AIDS patient advocacy group, the Obama administration announced Monday its decision to not limit the level of emergency funding Florida can receive for its AIDS Drug Assistance Program to less than what it received last year.
Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart, Gus Bilirakis and Steve Southerland (all Republicans, all Floridians) joined several federal lawmakers who sent a letter to District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray demanding an accounting of the use of local funds that were legally used to pay for elective abortion procedures.