Legislation requiring local school districts to adopt new State rules to address bullying of transgendered students has passed a Senate vote. . .
Substitute Senate Bill 5689 would order schools to designate a person for students to contact in a complaint involving gender harassment. It would also require the State Schools Superintendent to develop new rules for schools to use in training those primary contacts. Supporters say transgendered students deserve more attention because they suffer the most from school bullying, according to National statistics. )
During floor debate Senator Brad Hawkins, a former Eastmont School Board member, rose in opposition to the bill claiming it usurps local control . . .
The bill passed a Senate vote by a margin 29 -20 . It’s now in the House and has been referred to the Education Committee prior to its first reading.