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Arne Duncan

Married, gay students to receive equal treatment in college loan applications

Friday, December 13, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Students in same-sex marriages will be treated the same as their straight married classmates when it comes to federal college loan applications, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Friday in a shift that reflects this year's Supreme Court ruling that broadened gay rights. [ Read more → ]

Education Secretary Arne Duncan: ‘Yes I do’ support marriage equality

Monday, May 7, 2012
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Monday became the second Obama Administration official in as many days to publicly announce his support for marriage equality. [ Read more → ]
Thomas Perez

Justice Department: LGBT student bullying on the rise

Friday, September 16, 2011
Bullying of LGBT youth is making up a growing number of discrimination complaints received by the Obama administration, according to Thomas Perez, assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. [ Read more → ]

MN’s largest daily newspaper calls Anoka-Hennepin policy on LGBT issues ‘gutless’

Saturday, August 6, 2011
In a sharply worded editorial, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune this week criticized the Anoka-Hennepin School District, calling the state's largest schools district "gutless" for it's neutrality policy on LGBT issues. [ Read more → ]

Federal investigators: California school’s response to anti-gay bullying ‘inadequate’

Saturday, July 2, 2011
Federal investigators on Friday concluded that the Tehachapi, Calif., Unified School District failed to “adequately investigate or respond appropriately to the bullying of a gay, 13-year-old middle school student who hung himself in September due to the harassment." [ Read more → ]
Arne Duncan

Duncan to Educators: Gay-Straight Alliances are protected under federal law

Thursday, June 16, 2011
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan this week warned school administrators nationwide that gay-straight alliance groups must be recognized as having the the same legal rights and protections as other student clubs at public secondary schools. [ Read more → ]
Kathleen Sebelius (left), and Arne Duncan

Education Department holds first ever LGBT youth summit aimed at safer schools

Wednesday, June 8, 2011
The U.S. Department of Education on Monday kicked off the first-ever LGBT youth summit, a two-day event on "Creating and Maintaining Safe and Supportive Environments for LGBT Youth." [ Read more → ]
Seth Walsh

Feds probe school’s response to bullying complaints that led to gay teen’s suicide

Thursday, December 23, 2010
The U. S. Department of Education has launched a probe into a California school district's handling of complaints by the mother of Seth Walsh, a 13-year old gay teen who committed suicide after enduring years of relentless bullying. [ Read more → ]

Department of Education campaign aims to combat bullying in schools

Wednesday, October 27, 2010
The Obama Administration on Tuesday issued guidance to support educators in combating bullying in schools by clarifying when student bullying may violate federal education anti-discrimination laws. [ Read more → ]
Arne Duncan

Education Secretary calls for tolerance in response to bullying, suicides of gay teens

Friday, October 1, 2010
Arne Duncan, the U.S. Secretary of Education, released a statement today in response to recent suicides among gay teens and anti-gay bullying. [ Read more → ]

Education department official expresses regret for controversial incident

Wednesday, September 30, 2009
A senior official of the Department of Education expressed regret Wednesday for an incident that happened when he was a young teacher in the late 1980s, saying he should have handled it differently, but that society could benefit from his error, reports ABC News. Kevin... [ Read more → ]
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