Sep 21, 2022 - News

Republicans condemn gender orientation training for teachers

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Senate Republicans passed a resolution yesterday condemning the Michigan Department of Education's teacher training videos on students' gender orientation.

  • Resolution 116 also symbolically reaffirms the fundamental right of parents to direct the education of their children.

Catch up fast: Republicans are taking aim at the MDE after the release of a training video meant to help teachers support LGBTQ+ students.

  • In the video, a trainer suggests teachers can talk to parents about a child's mental health without disclosing their preferred gender identity.
  • Republican gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon called for the resignation of state superintendent Michael Rice yesterday, citing "radical" statewide training about gender and sexuality.

What they're saying: "What this issue is about is making sure parents are involved in the process," Sen. Jim Runestad said in a floor speech.

The other side: Democrats blasted their Republican colleagues for pushing what they say is homophobic and dangerous rhetoric.

  • "Parents and children and their schools already have enough to deal with among one another without legislative Republicans or a candidate for governor infusing hatred to further marginalize those who are already struggling to find the support they need" says Sen. Jeremy Moss, Michigan's first openly gay senator.

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