At least one prominent lawmaker pushed in the opposite direction. A bill by Senate Minority Leader J.D. Ford, a Democrat, would extend anti-discrimination protections at schools to students based on their gender identity and sexuality.
Ford’s legislation, Senate Bill 39, would add sexual orientation and gender identity to state law prohibiting discrimination in public schools, which currently includes disability, race, color, gender, national origin, religion, and ancestry.
The bill would prohibit segregation based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and ban schools from denying students admission on that basis. It would also prohibit discrimination in hiring teachers based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
More about Senate Bill 39:
Senate Bill 39
Authored by Sen. J.D. Ford.
Equal educational opportunity. Extends certain antidiscrimination educational rights statutes to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Actions for Senate Bill 39
S 01/09/2023 First reading: referred to Committee on Education and Career Development
S 01/09/2023 Authored by Senator Ford J.D.
Link to downloadable PDF of Introduced bill SB0039.01.INTR