first_imgErkeneff: “But currently in that particular policy, it would be a change to add instead of using the word gender to change it to sexual orientation and gender identity.” Member Bill Holt asked the Board on Monday to continue working on a policy for the KPBSD, which aligns with the Alaska School Activities Association’s policy. The ASAA has recognized the authority of individual districts to set their own policies, so long as the policies are consistent with federal laws. The Mat-Su policy further clarifies that a transgender student “should be permitted to use the restrooms assigned to the gender which the student consistently asserts at school.” Students who require private restrooms “will be provided with reasonable alternative facilities or accommodations such as using a separate stall or staff facility.” The policy states that it will not require transgender students to use a separate gender-neutral facility if the student objects. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The issue of transgender students in school sports was again broached by the Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board this week, continuing the discussion which formally started last May. The KPBSD is also reviewing the guidelines adopted by the Mat-Su Borough School District which “assist in the educational and social integration of transgender student in our schools.” The Mat-Su guidelines mirror the policy adopted by the ASAA in late 2015 and say that students who “consistently assert a gender identity or  expression different from the gender assigned at birth” “should be addressed by school staff and other students by the name and pronoun corresponding to their gender identity.”center_img District Superintendent Sean Dusek says at this time only a handful of students have identified themselves as transgender in Kenai Peninsula schools. Administrators at the schools those children attend have been able to work with them and their parents to accommodate their needs. There hasn’t been any conflict in Alaska with gender identity policies, but administrators say they’d rather be prepared ahead of time for any questions which may arise. A federal case brought against the Gloucester County School Board by a transgender student in that region of Virginia will likely set a precedent for other state and school districts. With a change in Presidents and the Supreme Court, the future of that case is unclear. District spokeswoman Pegge Erkeneff says the local policy will likely see some minor tweaks to its language…last_img read more

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first_imgDear Editor,The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) finds it incumbent to respond to Mr Gobin Harbhajan’s letter, titled “Not doom and gloom for sugar workers”, which appeared in sections of the media on September 16, 2017.Mr Harbhajan seemed very upset by the GAWU-organised march and public meeting which was held at Corriverton, Berbice on September 12, 2017. Like Mr Harbhajan says, “action speaks louder than words”, and quite clearly the workers, by their actions, have demonstrated that they are opposed to plans by the APNU/AFC Government to sell out Skeldon and to close Rose Hall and Enmore/LBI Estates.It seems that the erstwhile gentleman is failing, for some odd reason, to recognize that the people have staunchly rejected his Government’s anti-people plans. It would have been thought that, given the wide condemnation that the sugar plans have attracted, Mr Harbhajan and colleagues would have returned to the drawing board, rather than rigidly and wrongly holding on to their misplaced plans. Governments the world over, even some dictatorial-type ones, have gone down such paths, but it seems the APNU/AFC Government, which professed its love for the sugar workers, has chosen to break the mould.We must admit that we find it laughable that Mr Harbhajan, like an errant driver going up the wrong side of a one-way street, maintains that our Union hasn’t offered “sensible and workable solutions” regarding the situation in the sugar industry, when probably all of Guyana and many beyond Guyana’s shores are fully aware that the Union, on February 17th this year, shared its thoughts with the Government at a meeting chaired by none other than his colleague, Vice President Ramjattan. We urge Mr Harbhajan, as we have done before, to check with his colleagues before making clearly misleading assertions.Also, Mr Harbhajhan, just to tell you: the Government has never said to us that what we have proposed is unmeritorious.Despite the very active debate on sugar that has been playing out in the press for some time now, Mr Harbhajan calls to attention the strike data from GuySuCo. It seems that the Regional Councillor and former SEI Director is not aware that the vast majority of those strikes relate to price disputes, which concern just a few workers, and are legitimized by the agreement between GAWU and GuySuCo.While the author speaks about the decline in sugar production, he – conveniently or otherwise – fails to explain how, despite the industry receiving billion from the State, in the era of his Government, is on track to deliver its worst performance since 1990.Mr Harbhajan, just to let you know: strikes have fallen by 44 per cent between last year’s first crop and this year’s; and rainfall, though a bit unusual, was just 15 per cent above the average. Certainly, the usual scapegoats aren’t the culprits. Then what is, Mr Harbhajan?The parading of the industry’s employment cost is most disingenuous, and is obviously meant to convey that sugar workers earn boatloads of money. But we recall the sugar workers being told, during the 2015 elections’ campaign, that they were underpaid and they deserved a 20 per cent increase in pay. It is intriguing that, all of a sudden, the workers are earning too much. Mr Harbhajan’s clear duplicity stands nakedly exposed.Mr Harbhajan then goes on to say that workers will not lose their jobs should the industry be privatized. Maybe it is that the author has a crystal ball, or is performing some kind of ‘voodoo’. Experience has taught us otherwise, and as Jamaica has shown us, there is no guarantee all workers would be retained and would receive similar benefits. Such a situation is certainly not in the interest of Guyanese and Guyana. We urge Mr Harbhajan to become acquainted with the facts.Yours faithfully,Seepaul Narinelast_img read more

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