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Your Inclusive Policy Postcard 11.10.2023


DID YOU KNOW?: ELECTION RESULTS: SCHOOL DISTRICT BONDS AND OVERRIDES


Across the country, school boards were on the ballot in various ways during this week’s off-year election. In Maricopa County, 23 school districts asked voters to pass bonds and/or overrides to help with things like building renovations, purchasing new equipment, training teachers, or funding programs.


As of Thursday, Nov. 9th., many districts in Maricopa County have passed their bonds and overrides in early results. Districts with bonds or overrides failing in early results include:

  • Deer Valley Unified School District (bond and override)

  • Fountain Hills Unified School District (bond)

  • Gila Bend Unified School District (override)

  • Gilbert Unified School District (bond and override)

  • Liberty Elementary School District (bond)

  • Mesa Unified School District (bond)

  • Queen Creek Unified School District (bond and override)

Click here to read more.


CALL TO ACTION: RISE UP FOR LGBTQ+ STUDENTS AT SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS

Last month, school board members across the state heard disparaging public comments about transgender students and school officials, access to gender-affirming restrooms, and diverse and inclusive curricula. Comments like these, which put pressure on school boards to discriminate, can not be the only perspectives shared by members of the public. NOW IS THE TIME TO RISE UP AND SUPPORT LGBTQ+ STUDENTS by attending, observing, and speaking at school board meetings.

  • Click here to access a list of school board meetings throughout November! Don’t see your school board listed? Email us at policy@glsenarizona.org and we’ll add it!

  • Attend GLSEN Arizona’s Testimony Workshop next Wednesday (11/15) at 6pm on Zoom and gain practical knowledge about how to tell your personal story in support of LGBTQ+ students. Click here to register.


IN THE NEWS

  • In school board elections across America, voters offer stunning rebuke of culture war politics. Read more.

  • In West Mesa, a legislator reaches across the aisle, while challenging gender norms. Learn more.

  • How LGBTQ+ prospective parents can navigate the adoption process. Read more.

  • Librarians turn to civil rights agency to oppose book bans and their firings. Learn more.

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