Administrative Advocacy

Public Comment on Grant Program to Address Community Violence

GLSEN submitted a comment on the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed priorities for the Project Prevent grant program, which funds school district programs that reduce or address the impacts of community violence, including bullying (see 87 Federal Register §19). GLSEN urged USED to require applicants to speak to their preparedness and plans to support youth who are LGBTQ+, BIPOC, students with disabilities and are disproportionately impacted by community violence. Additionally, GLSEN asked that USED add a fourth priority for projects that provide alternatives to promoting law enforcement officer presence in schools, including restorative practices and trauma-informed staff.