The Erie Community Unit School District in Illinois banned the use of GLSEN resources and programs such as No Name-Calling Week and Ready, Set, Respect! in elementary schools. These programs and resources - endorsed by national leaders in elementary education including the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the National Association of Elementary School Principals - had been successfully used in schools in Erie until this decision. And they continue to be used in thousands of schools across the country.
We reached out to the School Board in hopes of opening a dialogue, and we asked the School Board to reconsider.
Unfortunately, the school board won't budge. So now we need your help.
Here's what you can do:
Sign the Change.org petition - Sean Leeds, a former student in Erie, IL created a petition asking the school board to reverse the ban of GLSEN's programs and materials. Add your name.
Share your story - Your stories will show the Erie School Board the positive impact GLSEN's work has had on thousands of students, educators and families. Click here to submit your GLSEN story.
Send a tweet - Help spread the word by tweeting one of the messages below or by creating your own using the hashtag #ReverseTheBan
Post to Facebook - Update your status with a link to glsen.org/ReverseTheBan or post the picture below. We made it just the right size so that you can click the star button and "highlight" it on your Timeline. Right-click here and save to get it!
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