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File #: Res 0474-2010    Version: Name: Congress to pass the Student Non-Discrimination Act (H.R.998/S.555).
Type: Resolution Status: Filed
Committee: Committee on Education
On agenda: 10/13/2010
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the United States Congress to pass the Student Non-Discrimination Act (H.R.998/S.555).
Sponsors: Christine C. Quinn, James G. Van Bramer, Maria Del Carmen Arroyo, Gale A. Brewer, Margaret S. Chin, Leroy G. Comrie, Jr., Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Lewis A. Fidler, James F. Gennaro, Vincent J. Gentile, Letitia James, G. Oliver Koppell, Karen Koslowitz, Brad S. Lander, Darlene Mealy, Annabel Palma, Deborah L. Rose, Albert Vann, Jumaane D. Williams, Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Rosie Mendez, Michael C. Nelson, Daniel Dromm , Inez E. Dickens, Jessica S. Lappin, James Vacca
Council Member Sponsors: 27
Attachments: 1. Res No 474 - 10/13/10, 2. Committee Report 6/13/11, 3. Hearing Testimony 6/13/11, 4. Hearing Transcript 6/13/11
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
12/31/2013AChristine C. Quinn City Council Filed (End of Session)  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/13/2011*Christine C. Quinn Committee on Education Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/13/2011*Christine C. Quinn Committee on Education Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/13/2011*Christine C. Quinn Committee on Education Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/13/2010*Christine C. Quinn City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/13/2010*Christine C. Quinn City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
Proposed Res. No. 474-A
 
 
Resolution calling upon the United States Congress to pass the Student Non-Discrimination Act (H.R.998/S.555).   
 
 
By The Speaker (Council Member Quinn) and Council Members Van Bramer, Arroyo, Brewer, Chin, Comrie, Ferreras, Fidler, Gennaro, Gentile, James, Koppell, Koslowitz, Lander, Mealy, Palma, Rose, Vann, Williams, Rodriguez, Mark-Viverito, Mendez, Nelson, Dromm, Lappin and Vacca
 
Whereas, Public school students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), or are perceived to be LGBT, or who associate with LGBT people, are often subjected to pervasive discrimination; and
Whereas, According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a 2007 comprehensive study of 6,209 middle and high school students entitled the National School Climate Survey, states that nine out of ten LGBT students reported that they had experienced harassment at their school in the past year; and
Whereas, Three-fifths felt unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation and about a third reported that they had skipped a day of school in the past month because of feeling unsafe; and
Whereas, This discrimination is committed by not only students but by school employees, including, in some cases, teachers; and
Whereas, Discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity contributes to high rates of absenteeism, higher dropout rates, academic underachievement and poor physical and mental health; and
Whereas, Discrimination can include bullying, harassment, intimidation and violence and is harmful to the well-being of students who are being victimized; and
Whereas, Nationwide, six students have taken their own lives as a result of having endured antigay harassment and bullying since the beginning of the current school year; and
Whereas, While current federal law offers protection from discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability and national origin, these statutes do not include sexual orientation or gender identity; and
Whereas, In March of 2011, H.R.998/S.555, also known as the Student Non-Discrimination Act of 2011 (SNDA), was introduced in both Houses of the United States Congress; and
Whereas, The SNDA would  prohibit discrimination against any public school student on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity; and
Whereas, The SNDA is widely supported by numerous human rights organizations and currently has 137 co-sponsors in the House and 33 in the Senate; and
Whereas, The SNDA would help to ensure that all students have access to a safe and secure educational environment; and  
Whereas, It is imperative that we as a country take a stand on this far too pervasive discrimination; and
Whereas, Bullying, harassment and discrimination have no place in schools and such behavior deprives children of the education they are entitled to and violates their rights as human beings; now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the United States Congress to pass the Student Non-Discrimination Act (H.R. 998/S.555).
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