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UPDATE: Lake County Schools allows gay-straight alliance club

Eight-grader Bayli Silberstein helped bring a gay-straight alliance club to Lake County Schools.
Eight-grader Bayli Silberstein helped bring a gay-straight alliance club to Lake County Schools.
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Updated: 5/02/2013 4:18 pm
TAVARES, Fla. (WFTV) — The Lake County School system announced Thursday that a consent order has been signed that will allow a Gay-Straight Alliance student club to meet at Carver Middle School until the end of this school year.

The school system said in a press release that it is working to resolve a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of 8th grade student Bayli Silberstein.

The issue of the Gay-Straight Alliance has been a contentious one in Lake County for several months after Silberstein approached her school about starting the club.

“The discussion on this issue has been complex and longer than anticipated,” said Dr. Susan Moxley, Superintendent of Lake County Schools in the press release. “The policy discussion will continue; however, this specific school and student request is being resolved within current laws and guidelines.”

According to the release, the school board will hold a special meeting Monday to discuss several items, including revising their student clubs and organizations policy.

“I’m just so happy that our club is finally going to be allowed to meet,” said Silberstein in a press release from the ACLU. “There’s only about a month left of school, but that’s still a month we can use to start doing the work to make this school a safer and more welcoming place.”

School system officials said Monday's special meeting will be at 3:30 p.m. at Lake Minneola High School’s auditorium. Public input on changes to the student clubs and organizations policy will be taken, though no final decision will be made at that time.
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YouthAllies - 5/2/2013 4:55 PM
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Hopefully the school board won't move backwards again after Bayli graduates. It seems some school officials are already considering it. But they could easily get sued again by a different plaintiff (and they could easily lose!) For closely related stories about inappropriate and misleading comments made by Lake County School Board members on these issues, see: Lake County School Board Member Questions 14-Year-Old Student’s Sexual Orientation: http://www.youthallies.com/school-board-member-questions-14-year-old-students-sexual-orientation/ After School Board Blocks Gay-Straight Alliance, Board Member Tells LGBT Youth Allies, “The Board Has Not Blocked the GSA.” http://www.youthallies.com/lake-county-school-board-blocks-gay-straight-alliance-board-member-denies-blocking-gsa/ And some background: http://www.youthallies.com/gay-straight-alliances-in-middle-school-florida/
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