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State Status/Date Level Summary
CATo governor 09/2014P-12Pupils by Gender Participating in Athletics as Measure of School Climate
A.B. 2512
From bill summary: Commencing January 1, 2018, authorizes a school district or county board of education to include as a measure of school climate for certain purposes compliance with specified federal
gender equity requirements, including, but not limited to,...

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CASigned into law 08/2014P-12Information Relating to Competitive Athletics
S.B. 1349
Commencing with the 2015–16 school year, requires all public schools, including charter schools, offering competitive athletics to publicly report at the end of each school year specified information on the number of students participating in competitive athle...

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LASigned into law 06/2014P-12Equity and Recruiting, Employing, and Training of Charter School Employees
H.B. 1282
Requires that charter schools accordingly recruit, employ, and train teachers, administrators, and other employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Provides that race, color, religion, sex, and national origin do not constitute...

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NHSigned into law 05/2014P-12Discrimination Based on Economic Status
H.B. 1447
Prohibits school districts from discriminating against students based on economic status. http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2014/HB1447.pdf...

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CASigned into law 08/2013P-12Sex-Segregated School Programs and Activities
A.B. 1266
From legislative counsel's digest: Requires that a student be permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs and activities, including athletic teams and competitions, and use facilities consistent with his/her gender identity, irrespective of the ...

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CASigned into law 07/2012P-12Employee Appointments
A.B. 2125
From bill summary: Until December 31, 2015, in a district with a pupil population over 400,000, authorizes an employee appointment to specified classifications of positions to be made from other than the first 3 ranks on the eligibility list if specialized lic...

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OHSigned into law 06/2012P-12Community Schools
S.B. 316 - Community Schools
Permits the department's office of Ohio school sponsorship to assume sponsorship of a community school whose sponsorship has been revoked by the department. Permits the office to extend the term of a contract for a school whose sponsorship it has assumed. Prov...

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CASigned into law 10/2011P-12
Postsec.
Gender Expression and Gender Identity
A.B. 887
Creates definition of "gender expression" in the Education Code. Adds that a public education is to be offered to all, regardless of gender identity and gender expression; prohibits discrimination in public schools and charter schools based on gender identity ...

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ILSigned into law 07/2010P-12
Postsec.
Community College
Diversity in Persons at Supervisory, Technical, Professional and Managerial Levels
S.B. 3531
Establishes the African American Employment Plan Act. Provides that the purposes of the act are to:

(a) improve the delivery of state services to Illinois' African Americans by increasing the number of African American state employees total and the number se...

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GASigned into law 05/2010P-12Gender Equity Reporting
H.B. 910
Removes some requirements on the department of education relating to annual gender equity reporting; provides for related matters. http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2009_10/pdf/hb910.pdf...

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CAVetoed 10/2009Postsec.
Community College
Publicizing Student Rights under Title IX
S.B. 248
Requires school districts, the president or chief executive officer of a community college campus, the president of a California State University campus, and requests the chancellor of each University of California campus, to place on their respective Web site...

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CAVetoed 10/2009P-12Review for Approval of Athletic Facilities for Gender Equitability
A.B. 685
Requires the state department of education to include, as part of its review of an application for new construction plan approval, a determination of whether a project that includes athletics-related facilities provides the opportunity for gender equitable acc...

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MOSigned into law 07/2009P-12Discrimination
S.B. 232
Prohibits municipal fire departments and police departments, state agencies, state departments, and political subdivisions public agencies and political subdivisions from discrimination based on an individual's elementary and secondary education program; provi...

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NEApproved by voters 09/2008P-12
Postsec.
Ballot Initiative: Prohibits Discrimination
V. 3; (Initiative Measure No. 424)
(INITIATIVE MEASURE NO. 424) Proposes an amendment to the State Constitution; prohibits the State from discriminating against, or granting preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in pub...

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VASigned into law 03/2008P-12Access to Public Places for Persons With Disabilities
H.B. 214
Adds public entities, including schools, to the list of public places in which persons with disabilities are entitled to the same full and free rights as other persons.
http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?081+ful+HB214ER...

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IAAdopted 11/2007P-12Accreditation Standards Related to Discrimination and Prekindergarten
IAC 281, 12.1(1), 281-12.2(256), 12.3(6), 12.3(13), 12.8(1)
Reflects that education programs are not to discriminate on the basis of the added characteristics of sexual orientation and gender identity. Clarifies that a preschool program must meet accreditation standards on the same basis as any prekindergarten program ...

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UTAdopted 11/2006P-12Education & Funding for Homeless/Emancipated and Ethnic Minority Students
R277-616
Adds new language for determining where a homeless or emancipated student shall attend school and provides for the inclusion of charter schools within the rule; ensures funds for homeless and economically disadvantaged ethnic minority students are distributed ...

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CAVetoed 09/2006P-12Anti-discrimination and Anti-harassment Policies
A.B. 606
Requires the State Department of Education to develop a model antidiscrimination and antiharassment policy that prohibits such conduct based on specified characteristics, including, but not limited to, actual or perceived gender identity and sexual orientation...

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MISigned into law 08/2006P-12Single Sex Schools
H.B. 4264
Allows single sex schools, classes and programs to be established in the Detroit public schools. Enrollment must be voluntary, and the district is required to make a substantially equal co-educational school, class or program available.
http://www.legislature....

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MISigned into law 08/2006P-12Gender Based Classrooms, Schools or Programs
H.B. 6247
Allows gender based classrooms, schools or programs under the Elliot-Larsen civil rights act. Relates to a school district, an intermediate school district or a public school academy.
http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2005-2006/publicact/pdf/2006-PA-0348...

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MISigned into law 07/2006P-12Creation of Single-Gender Schools, Classes, or Programs
S.B. 1296
Provides that a school district or a public school academy may establish and maintain a program within a school in which enrollment is limited to pupils of a single gender if the school district, intermediate school district, or public school academy makes ava...

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WISigned into law 04/2006P-12Single-Sex Schools
A.B. 114
Authorizes a school board to operate single-sex schools, other than charter schools, or provide single-sex courses if the school board makes available to the opposite sex under the same policies and criteria of admission, schools or courses that are comparable...

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NY(H) INTRODUCED AND REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON ASSEMBLY EDUCATION 05/2005P-12Single gender core course academies demonstration program
H.B. 8092
Establishes the single gender core course academies demonstration program within the education department; provides that such program shall be established in 4 elementary schools, 8 middle schools and 1 high school which are lowperforming schools in each of th...

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CAVetoed 09/2004P-12Gender Discrimination
A.B. 358
Requires the state to implement the principles underlying the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) by addressing discrimination against women and girls. Requires the Department of Corrections, the State Department ...

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ALSigned into law 03/2004P-12Brown v Board of Education Anniversary Commission
S.J.R. 32
Amended S.J.R. 16 (Act 2003-500, 2003 2nd Sp. Sess) that related to the Alabama Interim Brown versus Board of Education 50th Anniversary Commission, members increased, authority expanded, dissolution date extended to January 1, 2005. http://alisdb.legislature....

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ALSigned into law 09/2003P-12Brown v Board of Education Anniversary Commission
S.J.R. 16
Creates to the Alabama Interim Brown v. Board of Education 50th Anniversary Commission. http://alisdb.legislature.state.al.us/acas/ACASLogin.asp...

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INSigned into law 03/2002P-12District Review of Programs to Consider Consequences of Tracking, Ability Grouping or Screening of Students by Test Results
S.B. 292
Requires every district to review district's programs to judge if district's practices of separating students by ability, placing students into educational tracks, or using test results to screen students result in the systematic separation of students by race...

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TXSigned into law 06/2001Postsec.Women's Athletic Development Fund
S.B. 903
Relates to the establishment and use of a women's athletic development fund and a study of women's athletic development practices at institutions of higher education....

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ARSigned into law 03/2001P-12Civil Rights Compliance
H.B. 2198
The Department of Education may withhold state aid from any district that fails to file its assurance of compliance with civil rights responsibilities by October 15 each year, or fails to file any other information with a published deadline requested from scho...

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HISigned into law 06/2000P-12Equity in School Sports
S.B. 2475
Prohibits discrimination in athletics on the bases of sex in any public school and requires the superintendent of education to develop a strategic plan to ensure equity in sports participation....

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ILSigned into law 06/2000Postsec.Gender Equity In Intercollegiate Sports
S.B. 1589
Public Act No. 91-792., Amends the Board of Higher Education Act; removes the provision repealing the Section concerning gender equity in intercollegiate athletics on December 31, 2000; changes when the Board of Higher Education has to report to the General As...

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GASigned into law 03/2000P-12Athletic Opportunities - Equity
H.B. 1308
Relates to other educational programs under the Quality Basic Education Act; prohibits discrimination based on gender in elementary and secondary school athletic programs; provides for operation or sponsorship of separate athletic teams for members of each gen...

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