At Tuesday’s board meeting, the board unanimously passed the following statement of support for our schools’ LGBTQ+ students and for our educators who are working to create and run GSA clubs.
The Somerville Teachers Association (STA) believes that learning communities, schools, and school systems are responsible for providing all students with a physically and emotionally safe learning environment. The STA understands that as long as race, class, sexual orientation, immigration status, gender, gender identity, ability, religion, and ethnicity continue to predict the future life chances of children in our nation, we must work with our schools and school systems to identify related barriers and obstacles to opportunity and development, disrupt their negative impact, eliminate the persistent disparities, and implement new policies and practices that improve significant learning outcomes for each and every student. We honor the uniqueness of each individual and embrace diverse backgrounds, values, and points of view to build a strong, inclusive community and to prepare students for lives in a multicultural society. It is for these reasons that the STA lends its collective voice to support the LGBTQ+ student population of the Somerville Public Schools and declares its full support to the formation and work of Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) groups throughout the district.