October 22 - Election Preview
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The NEW JERSEY Department of Education issues new guidance requiring Garden State schools to accept a student’s stated gender identity and to honor that student’s request to not notify their parents about their gender decision. The new rules also forbid schools from requiring a student to provide legal documentation or other evidence for accepting a student’s gender identity; require school administrators, teachers and staff to use a student’s preferred name and pronouns in verbal, written and electronic communications; require schools to allow students to use restroom and locker facilities in line with their chosen gender; and allow them to participate in athletics for their chosen gender (NORTHJERSEY.COM).
The PENNSYLVANIA House approves SB 1095, which would give students who do not score well enough on the state high school exit exams an opportunity to demonstrate their graduation readiness through alternative means, including, work-based learning programs, a service learning project or an offer of full-time employment as evidence of post-secondary readiness. It has returned to the Senate (WPMT [YORK]).