Equity Policy Adopted by New Jersey State Board of Education
The New Jersey State Board of Education approves a new equity policy that includes the use of gender-neutral language.
Focus on Equal Access to Education
The equity policy aims to ensure all students have equal access to educational activities and programs regardless of their race, sexual orientation, sex, or gender identity.
Language Changes in the Equity Policy
Terms like “minority, female, and male” will be replaced with the more inclusive term “all students” as part of the policy’s language changes.
Public Response to the Changes
Opposition from parents’ rights advocates was expressed during the meeting where the policy was approved, but a majority still voted in favor of the changes.
Governor Phil Murphy’s Statement
Governor Phil Murphy’s office emphasizes that the equity code has been protecting students based on sexual orientation and gender identity since its adoption in 2003.
The NJ Managing For Equity in Education Policy
The NJ Managing For Equity in Education policy ensures fair and impartial access to educational activities and programs for all students, regardless of their background or identity.
Defining Gender Identity or Expression
The NJSBE defines gender identity or expression as a person’s perceived gender-related identity, regardless of their assigned sex at birth.
Addressing Public Concerns
Concerns were raised about the removal of “gender” from the policy and its potential impact on New Jersey children’s education. The NJSBE clarified that girls are still included as a protected class.
Summary of the Equity Policy Adoption
The New Jersey State Board of Education has adopted an equity policy that promotes gender-neutral language and ensures equal access to educational opportunities for all students.
Despite some opposition, the majority of the NJSBE voted in favor of the equity policy changes, demonstrating their commitment to inclusivity and fairness in education.
Creating a Fair Educational Environment
The policy’s focus on inclusivity and impartiality reflects the New Jersey State Board of Education’s dedication to providing every student with a fair educational environment.
With the adoption of the equity policy, New Jersey takes a step towards creating a more inclusive and equal educational system for all students.
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