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Corvallis School District ignores anti-discrimination policy



Corvallis Gazette-Times, August 21, 2001
District ignores anti-discrimination policy
By Becky Waldrop, Gazette-Times reporter

SUMMARIZED ARTICLE


The Corvallis School District is out of compliance with its own anti-discrimination policy, a representative from the Mid-Valley Human Rights Coalition told members of the Corvallis School Board Monday night.

Karuna Neustadt, president of After 8, an advocacy group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities in Linn and Benton counties, representing five organizations.

"We believe that there are groups who use school facilities, as well as having access to students during the school day for meetings and/or recruitment, groups whose philosophies, policies and practices run counter to the school district's anti-discrimination policy," Neustadt said.

Although Neustadt didn't mention the Boy Scouts of America in her presentation, she later said that group was one she believed had practices that didn't meet the district's policy.

Neustadt asked the district to follow the lead of Benton County United Way and require outside groups that use the district's facilities to sign a pledge to self-disclose that they do not discriminate against race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, parental or marital status, or age.

School board members listened to comments about the policy, but no decision would be made about the policy until October.



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