Title IX and Breastfeeding
Sep 9th, 2014 by

A hot topic again. Please see these articles:

They Can Pump Up the Volume but Can They Pump Out Their Milk? Public Secondary Schools Should be
Required to Accommodate Lactating Students by KIMBERLY JACOBSEN

The Next Generation of Title IX: Pregnant and Parenting Students

Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Students

Some parents with students at Old Town Elementary received a letter that said there is a second grade student in the school that is transgender.
Sep 8th, 2014 by

OLD TOWN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Some parents with students at Old Town Elementary received a letter that said there is a second grade student in the school that is transgender. The school district mailed the letter to parents at the start of the new school year. It went to parents who have children in the same learning community as the transgender student, which is made up of about 120 kids from different grades. The letter says the student “may be familiar to your children as a boy, but will now be recognized as a girl.” It goes on to say that the student has identified as a girl for quite some time and will now be using a new name and dressing in a more feminine manner. The student will also be using the girls’ bathroom, according to the letter. It also acknowledges that this is a new situation for many people, including staff members. NEWS CENTER has attached the entire letter to this story. The school was not legally obligated to send the letter, but the RSU34 Superintendent David Walker said it chose to. Legally, under the Maine Human Rights Act, the school is required to treat all students equally. Walker said the child’s family met with the school over the summer to develop a plan. The school drafted the letter, then the family and the superintendent reviewed and approved it. Old Town Elementary wanted parents to hear the information from the school first, and not from their children, according to Walker. There are several organizations in Maine that provide resources for people struggling with gender identity, advocate for transgender equality, and work to educate the community. Here are a few links to learn more: The letter that the school wrote is here…

Happy 42nd birthday to Title IX!
Jun 23rd, 2014 by

Happy 42nd birthday to Title IX! The landmark U.S. civil rights law which prohibits gender discrimination in any educational program or activity became law today in 1972. Due to this far-reaching legislation, girls and women have equal access to higher education, are legally protected at school from sexual harassment, and have greater professional opportunities in academia. And, of course, the Act is especially famous for its transformative effect on girls’ and women’s athletics.

The U.S. has among the highest levels of participation of girls in sports in the world and that fact is largely due to this little known, but hugely significant law. According to the Women’s Sports Foundation, girls’ and women’s participation in sports in the US has increased by 990% in high schools and by 560% at the college level since its passage.

Thanks to all of the activists and politicians who championed the passage of Title IX! And, special thanks to former US Congresswoman Patsy Mink, one of Title IX’s principal authors and the driving force behind its passage; in 2002, the Act was renamed the Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act in her honor. Thanks to all of their hard work and dedication, girls and women in the US have had greater access to everything from higher education to sports programs for the past four decades!

For an excellent resource for teaching tweens and teens about the history of Title IX and its impact on girls’ lives, we highly recommend “Let Me Play: The Story of Title IX: The Law That Changed the Future of Girls in America” for ages 11 and up at

For a great film to show young viewers what life was life for female athletes before the passage of Title IX, check out “Believe in Me” at (ages 7 and up)

To celebrate the engagement of girls and women and sports, you can share the stories of female sporting greats found in our “Sports & Games” section at

You can also encourage your own Mighty Girl’s participation in sports with the games and gear in our “Outdoor Play” section at

And, if your Mighty Girl is an athlete, you can find girl-empowering t-shirts that show off her love of sports in our “Sports & Hobbies” clothing section at

Thanks to the National Women’s Law Center for this tribute to Title IX!



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College Guide for Current and Prospective LGBT Students
Jun 5th, 2014 by

Aspiring college students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) face a unique set of challenges when looking at schools. Recent studies indicate that 3.5% of adults in the U.S. identify as LGBT. This small but important subset of the population, roughly equivalent to the population of New Jersey, must consider a school’s inclusion efforts, as well as their safety and support provisions for LGBT students.

Among this 3.5% are college-aged young people who may identify across a fluid spectrum of sexual identities. LGBT is often expanded to LGBTQIA to include four additional self-identifying terms — queer, intersex, asexual and ally. Since LGBT remains the most common parlance of gender equality groups on U.S. campuses, we’ll use the four-letter original in this guide.

Fortunately, many schools have adopted a culture of awareness and respect for the LGBT community. Many others have active, vocal LGBT advocacy programs on campus, and some even offer LGBT studies and housing. The following guide should get you started on your search for a comfortable school environment.

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ACLU sues 7 New Jersey districts alleging student enrollment ID requirements discriminate against immigrants
Jun 5th, 2014 by

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey has filed lawsuits against seven New Jersey school districts, alleging that the districts are discriminating against families on the basis of their immigration status. Continue reading…

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