“We believe school boards want to do the right thing and have a legal policy that gives educators and students clear, evidence-based guidance in their schools,” said Sandra Jansen, the PC Education Critic and MLA for Calgary-North West. “We also respect the local autonomy of school boards. However, in this case, without a clear provincial policy, each school board is left to independently interpret current law and legislation, leading to a patchwork of policies and gaps that keep LGBTQ* students and teachers at risk of discrimination, prejudice and violence in their schools.”
“In 2015, it is shocking to realize LGBTQ* teachers are still being denied employment or fired from their jobs, and many students still go to school in fear each and every day,” continued Jansen. “The current situation of patchwork policies does not adequately protect or support our LGBTQ* teachers or students. It is time we take a clear and unequivocal stand against discrimination in our schools.”
Jansen called on the Minister of Education to work with educational stakeholders, school boards, parents and LGBTQ* staff and students to bring forward a comprehensive sexual orientation and gender identity policy for all school boards as soon as possible this fall.