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Support the Hiring of LGBT Teachers in our Schools

    1. Christine Kerley
    2. Petition by

      Christine Kerley

      Hillsboro, OH

In January of 2012 a student teacher who was transgender, was hired by the school district to teach Art Class.

In the article below: From the Wilmington News Journal on May 2nd, 2012 this appeared. It is not from our Local news, however a neighboring city.

The Schools "hid the fact that they dismissed a person based on no evidence or proof of any wrong doing."

Please support me in letting Hillsboro City Schools know that they need to employ Teachers of all walks of life, BE IT Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, White, Black, Hispanic, Mexican, Asian, French etc.    Male, Female, Single Parent or Divorced. Married,  With a signifigant other or Just ALONE.    

In my opinion if the teacher/ Student teacher has the creditials to teach they should be allowed.   

 

Please see Article here :  http://www.wnewsj.com/main.asp?FromHome=1&TypeID=1&ArticleID=198622&SectionID=49&SubSectionID=156

Or text below: 

5/2/2012 5:15:00 PM  Email this article • Print this article  Transgender student-teacher dismissed

GARY HUFFENBERGER
Staff Writer

When an area school district dismissed a Wilmington College (WC) transgender senior in January on the second day of a student-teaching placement at Hillsboro High School, the district may have broken federal law.

In a statement to the Wilmington News Journal, the Hillsboro school district superintendent based the dismissal on an alleged violation of the Licensure Code of Professional Conduct for Ohio Educators. When on two separate occasions the newspaper requested he cite an excerpt from the code for his decision, he declined to discuss the matter in further detail.

Title IX federal law, however, “prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, which includes on the basis of failing to conform with gender stereotypes,” said a U.S. Department of Education spokesman. The federal department of education’s press policy is not to use the spokesperson’s name. That department’s Office for Civil Rights enforces several federal laws, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

In April, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled transgender people are protected from discrimination in the workplace, The Associated Press reported. The commission’s decision said that a refusal to hire or otherwise discriminate on the basis of gender identity is by definition sex discrimination under federal law.

The 21-year-old student teacher, who at birth was listed as female but who identifies as male and wears men’s clothing, was removed from a Hillsboro High School art classroom and told his placement was over.

Hillsboro City School Superintendent Rick Earley said, “We expect all employees or anyone who comes into our district to be sure to understand the Ohio Code of Ethics for Ohio Educators. Any violation of that we take seriously because we want to protect the well-being of our students and that we protect the educational integrity of Hillsboro City Schools.”

Hillsboro City Schools Board of Education President Sam Barnhouse said Earley informed the board of the action, adding “not a whole lot of detail was given.”

Earley advised the board it was a matter of ethics, Barnhouse said. The student-teacher had discussed his gender-nonconformity with a class, and Earley felt that the person was there to teach and not to discuss personal matters, said Barnhouse.

A retired teacher and principal, Barnhouse said he’s comfortable with the superintendent’s action.

Hillsboro City Schools Board of Education Vice President Beverly Rhoads said the superintendent apprised her the situation was a matter of ethics.

The WC student, who is from rural Ohio, will be anonymous for this report. He said he doesn’t expect to lodge a legal complaint.

The Hillsboro High School principal advised him he had crossed professional boundaries, according to the WC student.

In a News Journal interview, the student said, “I was reminded teachers live in a fish bowl and they’re under constant scrutiny from parents and students alike, and that my behaviors had been outside their community policies.”

The college student said he advised the high school’s supervising art teacher prior to the start of the term he is transgender — not to be confused with a transsexual who has had or will get a sex change operation.

On the first day of class, when some students made he-she comments, the student teacher said he “felt more or less disrespected” and thought he needed to address it for purposes of establishing discipline and to avoid the “telephone game” effect.

“I would much rather say it very openly and honestly and ask if they have questions, comments or concerns, than for it to get around and be misconstrued and be like the game telephone, where things aren’t passed around accurately,” he said.

At three prior student-teaching placements — at Holmes Elementary School in Wilmington, Denver Place Elementary School in Wilmington and at Blanchester High School — the gender-nonconforming WC student was not dismissed.

Michele Beery, WC associate professor of education and area coordinator for the Education Department, said the student-teacher is dedicated and “and has worked hard to meet the criteria for student teaching.”

The cooperating art teacher at Hillsboro, Sarah Horsley, declined comment to the newspaper.

Hollis Stevenson, president of the Hillsboro Education Association teachers union, also declined to comment.

 

Or my letter to the town located here:   

 

Dear Citizens of Hillsboro and the Hillsboro City Schools. 

It was brought to my attention via the Wilmington News Journal, that a Student teacher was “let go” due to her Sexual preference because she chose to share her “ Transgender status with the children in her art class in the High School.” Though her name is not released I want to stand up and support her 110%. Not only does she stand for today’s society she stands for equality. I recall reading about equality when I was in school that all people regardless of Race, Sex, Gender, Religion, and Sexual Preferences are to be treated equally. Therefore, I as a Heterosexual, am calling for the dismissal of all teachers in the school. Why because I am sure quite sure they talk of their wives, children and relationships in front of students as well. 
In the article from the Wilmington News Journal it states the following : 
On the first day of class, when some students made he-she comments, the student teacher said he “felt more or less disrespected” and thought he needed to address it for purposes of establishing discipline and to avoid the “telephone game” effect.
“I would much rather say it very openly and honestly and ask if they have questions, comments or concerns, than for it to get around and be misconstrued and be like the game telephone, where things aren’t passed around accurately,” he said.
As a parent I teach my children to stop think and prevent rumors. Why spread something vicious when you know for a fact it is not a truth. He told them the truth so that when things were said (and it is high school, things would be said.) That this is who I am this is my lifestyle and this is how I choose to live… NOTHING is wrong with this. If your child has a phone, radio, TV, video Game, Facebook they will see far worse than this conversation. I look at this as a learning experience. I hope that one child who was in that classroom when she shared who she was. Heard his voice and heard that it’s okay to be WHO you are and stand up for what you believe. I could only wish that the school had kept her on staff and not only that kept her on permanently as a mentor for those students who every day struggle. It’s not easy to walk up to a 40 year old female teacher who is married with 3 kids and say I am gay and I need help. But to walk up to a 21 year old Transgender teacher and say I am gay and I feel bullied….. I bet you would get the help you need. If it’s your son or daughter who is getting bullied I bet you would support having someone on staff who knows what it feels like to live in a life of fear, disrespect, and hatred? 
I can see this happening in today’s schools why because Bullying is a problem. Sexual Preference is a problem and by the actions of the board, it shows that they do not support our students who are Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, or Transgender. In today’s society every week a child between the ages of 11 and 21 commits suicide because of sexual preference. Because, a school system did not support or stand behind them and give them the needed guidance to be accepted by their peers. Hillsboro City Schools what have you done. 
I am a parent to two teenagers in your school system. I am a Wife to a retired Air Force Veteran. And a Daughter to a Veteran as well. I do not discriminate based on any lifestyles that people choose to live but rather embrace the chance. I encourage the citizens of Hillsboro to stand up against the school. Promote a healthy lifestyle for all in the school. Shame on you administration for dismissing a person because they “stopped the rumors” you showed the Students they WIN. However, the ones that were hurt were the students who are LGBT. 
I can only hope that Hillsboro City Schools wakes up to today’s world and accepts people for who they are. I am so upset at the decisions of people who I elected into office, or was elected into office to stand like this and support this action. I call for a recall of all elected officials who voted to oust this “student teacher” and for them to be shunned the way she was. 

Sincerely 
A Mom 
Friend
And Supporter of all LGBT students and adults. 

Christine XXXXX

 

Please support this petition in sending a message to Hillsboro City Schools that we want equal rights for all people regardless of their "social status" or make-up of themselves.   All populations need to be represented.    

 

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      Because I absolutly support this! :)

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