Student Rights
California Gives Boost To Transgender Rights

California lawmakers approved a bill Wednesday that would require public K-12 schools to let transgender students choose which restrooms they use and which school teams they join based on their gender identity instead of their chromosomes. Some school districts around the country have implemented similar policies, but the bill’s author says AB1266 would mark the first time a state has mandated such treatment by statute.

Today is Day of Silence—a day when hundreds of thousands of students around the world join together in silent demonstration for LGBTQ justice. When silence is forced upon you, it’s oppression; when we join together with others in silent protest, it’s a movement that demands to be reckoned with.

Pictured here is our friend Eli, director & co-founder of Trans Student Educational Resources.

Today, and every day, let your silence be heard


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The title reads: “Utah high school decides not to include special needs students in yearbook” ]]

This year, Leslee Bailey was stunned when she saw that her daughter Amber wasn’t included in the Blue Peak High School yearbook as she had been in past years. Amber has Down syndrome and takes classes in the Utah high school building.

For the last two years, the school has always included the 17 special needs students from the center in the yearbook. However, this year, a change was made.

“They’ve been to school with these kids,” Leslee Bailey said. “They’ve walked the halls with them. How would you feel if it was your child? You know, your child was left out because, as the principal told me, ‘We don’t have the pages.’”

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Declaration of the Rights of Students

We the Students declare Independence from the control of the School Board and School Administration. We recognize that all men and women are born equal with the Natural Right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness; thus, We the Students believe these rights are to be guaranteed to all humankind – regardless of race, gender, religion, and age.

We the Students are obligated to fulfill the Duty to guarantee these rights through Student Involvement in Student Relations between the Student Body and the School Administrator through the Democratic Process. The School is to establish an organization to monitor these Student Relations; and to protect the Student Government from external forces as well as the School Administration and School Board itself.

If the School does not achieve the end of Student Democracy, and takes on an authoritarian relationship with the Student Body, We the Students have the Right to continue self-government in the Spirit of Solidarity and Civic Responsibility. We the students recognize that age does not establish the Right to Democratic Participation; for only humanity, possess by all men and women of all ages, establishes these Natural Rights given to us solely by our humanity. We the Students recognize these rights as natural, not granted by the whim of a School Administration or School Board.

However, when the Student Body is dismissed as an independent functioning entity and distinguished as a subject to the authority of the School Administration and School Board, as it is with the present day, the Students have the Right, as well as the natural Duty, to create a self-governing organization independent of the authority of the School Administration and the School Board. With this organization created, the Students may organize, assemble, and petition both the School administration and School Board for a redress of Grievances – as justified under the United States Constitution as a basic human right, for We the Students are humans, too.

If these Grievances are go unaddressed We the Students possess the Right to the Democratic Processes guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of American to petition the Government at both State and Federal levels. The School Administration and School Board possesses no legitimate authority to bar We the Students from exercising these Rights – and if such an attempt is made, We the Students may take advantage of the Human Right to Civil Disobedience for We the Students recognize a good man does not obey bad laws.

Therefore, in order to establish peaceful and co-operative relations between We the Students, for we are recognized as a sovereign entity independent of all authority but our own, and the School Administration and School Board. We the Students, as a result of the repression of Democratic Rights guaranteed by our Humanity on the basis of a legal and illegitimate hierarchy of age, declare the formation of a Student Union.

The goals of this Union shall be to:

Petition a redress of Grievances brought about by a repression of rights with the justification of authoritarian Relations.

Act as a Liaison between the Student Body and the School Administration.

Ensure the persistence of the Democratic Process and Republican structure as well as the protection of the Rights of Humanity for all Students.

Reform the behavior of Students, address problems democratically, and offer solutions to the School Administration and School Board.

Finally, this Student Union shall recognize the rights of We the Students to practice Democracy solely by the consent of our fellow students. No required consent from the School Administration and/or School Board shall be necessary because if adults have the right to Self-Governance, then adolescents should share these Inalienable Rights as well.

Therefore, We the Students, independent of the any authority, entering into a relationship as a social contract between Student and Public Official, having the right to cede from the contract upon voluntary will, hereto declare the creation of a Student Union at Manatee High School.


This should help most medic students.
Above: how Right Side & Left Side heart failure presents.
Middle: most of the drugs you will see when it comes time for your Nat-Reg Practicals. Know the trade & generic names, routes & Doses.
Bottom: mnemonics for your anti-arrhythmic drugs.

Go forth & save lives!

I have several points to make here so I’ll try to keep this short:

  1. If your child learns about ageism/adultism and knows how to recognize it, they are not being bratty and their minds are not poisoned, if you believe you have something to worry about because your child knows what ageism is, you probably need to research it too and re-evaluate your behavior.
  2. Yes, I’m a teenage female, yes I have hormones, no I will not have sex with the nearest guy I see. Do I get sexually attracted to men? Yes. Am I riddled with hormones? No. I can control, and so can most teenagers.
  3. If you tell a teenage girl to cover up because you’re a 30+ male and it makes you uncomfortable, you are creepy as all hell and you need to stay away from teenage girls. Or any teenager for that fact.
  4. I’m not a silly teenage girl trying to be a social activist because I support gay rights, gender equality and youth rights. I don’t care if you think I’m annoying, but I do care when you try to discourage me and call me a stupid teenager and tell my opinions will have no impact and that I should stop trying. I don’t care how much you hate teenagers, you have no reason to do that other than being toxic.
  5. And last but never least since society can’t seem to grasp onto this; Teenagers do not require parenting books or articles that start with “Inside the Teen Mind” because if you understood your child and at least tried to have a good relationship with them, you wouldn’t need parenting books or articles. Teenagers are not aliens, they are not a species you need to observe and analyze, they are human beings who want to be understood.
Know Your Rights in the College Admission Process

The admission process can seem one-sided; you have to leap through the hoops that they set up to earn your final place in a freshman class. It’s true that you have several responsibilities, but you also have rights. Colleges are bound, by ethical code and by law, to give you certain information within a certain amount of time. Check it out before you sprain something with all that jumping.

SPGP Requirements: The National Association for College Admission Counseling member colleges and universities adhere to the Statement of Principles of Good Practice (SPGP), a set of good practice rules they agree to abide by to make the process more fair, which includes Students Rights and Responsibilities. 

Students Rights: What You Should Expect from Colleges Application:
  • Colleges must relay factual and comprehensive information about admission, costs, aid opportunities, practices and packaging policies (including any early admission plans), and housing policies. 
  • Colleges cannot use high-pressure sales tactics.
  • You are allowed to wait until May 1 to respond to an offer of admission and/or financial aid. Exception: Students accepted Early Decision.
  • Colleges that request commitments prior to May 1 must clearly offer you the opportunity to request (in writing) an extension until May 1 that will not jeopardize your status for admission and/or financial aid.
  • Wait/alternate list notifications must include the number of students on the waitlist, the number of students offered admission, and the availability of financial aid and housing.
  • Colleges can’t require deposits or written commitments as conditions of you remaining on their waitlists.
  • Colleges must notify you of your waitlist status by August 1.
If you think your rights have been denied, you should contact the college or university immediately to request additional information or the extension of a reply date. In addition, you should ask your counselor to notify the president of the NACAC affiliate in your region.  If you need further assistance, send a copy of any correspondence you have had with the college or university and a copy of your letter of admission to NACAC, 1050 N. Highland Street, Suite 400, Arlington, VA 22201.  Student Responsibilities: What You Need to Do
  • Application:
  • Talk t​​o your school counselor early in the process. He or she will help you through the whole process, from research to filing your applications.
  • Research, understand and comply with the policies/procedures of each college’s application fees, financial aid, scholarships, and housing, especially when it comes to making deposits.
  • Attend a National College Fair to meet face-to-face with college representatives and get answers to your questions straight from the source.
  • If you can, visit colleges on your list.
  • Complete the applications and submit them on time.
  • Be honest––no one else should be applying for you!
  • Notify each college whether you are accepting or rejecting its offer by May 1 (postmark date). 
  • Enroll at only one school and, if required, submit a deposit. Exception: the waitlist. If you are accepted at a school where you were waitlisted, you may enroll and submit any required deposit. You also must immediately notify the first college at which you enrolled and let them know you’ve changed your decision.
  • If you are accepted Early Decision, you must promptly withdraw applications submitted to other colleges. Exception: financial aid. If you are waiting to hear about financial aid before you make a decision, you don’t have to withdraw the applications.
Federal Requirements: New from the US Department of Education! Congress requires colleges to disclose important information called “Students Right to Know” via the web. Here’s a sample––you’ll see that colleges must provide: General:
  • The cost of attending––including tuition, books and supplies, housing, and related costs and fees
  • Requirements and procedures for withdrawing, including refund policies
  • Names of associations that accredit, approve or license the school
  • Special facilities and services for disabled students
  • The academic programs, including degrees, programs of study and facilities
  • A faculty and instructional personnel list
  • Completion or graduation rates at the college
  • Community colleges (and other transfer colleges): information about the transfer-out rate
Financial Aid:
  • Types available, including federal, state and local government, need-based and non-need based, and private scholarships and awards
  • Methods for determining eligibility; how and when the aid is distributed
  • Work-study aid programs: terms and conditions of campus employment
Campus Security:
  • Procedures/policies for reporting campus crimes and emergencies, and the system of adjudication
  • The number and types of campus crime reported 
  • The drug offense policy, awareness and use prevention programs

So happy to be a student delegate at the National Education Association’s Annual Conference in Orlando, FL and to be able to represent queer youth in Oregon and the rest of the US! It’s been humbling to meet teachers and administrators from across the country and I’m proud to have the chance to vote on issues plaguing the LGBTQIA+ rainbow so that we can make the changes you all have asked for; these legislations are the sufferers’ cry being answered and put into effect, today and into the future!

Ideas about a student's constitutional rights in school

In my school, we sign a book that is a “rights and responsibilities” form that lays out exactly what we are allowed to say, do, and wear. Many students in this school do not read this book, as it is rather boring and has the same information every year. The parents also have to sign the form by saying,“I have read and agree with this handbook.” If you look closely into this handbook, it pretty much says,“I give up all of my rights, and I am only allowed to contradict the school if I do XYZ.” One time, a girl in my school did not agree with the school dress code, and she decided to have all of the girls break it for one day after the dean of students did not budge. She was suspended because of breaking the rights and responsibilities handbook. Now why do kids sign this form? Because if we don’t, then we can’t go to school, and we are required to go to school until the 8th grade. Now, I understand that the school needs some control over the students to stop from civil unrest, but I would like freedom of speech without worrying about a suspension.

Signing off of a rant,

School forces half-naked, sopping wet student to stand outside, frostbite results

In this case, a student was forced to wait outside during a fire drill and was not allowed to change her clothes or go inside a car or inside the school across the street.

Adult Privilege is the school administrators being more afraid of getting in trouble if they don’t exactly follow what’s in a rulebook than if they let a student freeze.

From personal experience with fire drills, once when I was in high school, the fire alarm rang, so I just ran outside and waited there. The room was one door away from outside. I was told that I was supposed to wait for everyone else. If there’s a fire, I’m getting the fuck out of the building. They can do a head count later.

- Concealed Weapon

anonymous asked:

I'm really sorry if a lot of people people have asked you this before, but why are you anti-school? Also, what exactly do you mean by that? I've heard that term used in a few different ways, so I'm sorta curious :)

I am anti- “this is exactly what you must learn and this is exactly when and exactly how you must learn it”

I am anti- “I will punish you for not following MY step-by-step guideline for absorbing information”

I am anti- teachers being able to #abuse and humiliate students and get off scott-free

I am anti- teachers only getting fired when they upset bureaucratic office politics, and not when they abuse students

I am anti- “sit at your desk all day and absorb what teachers tell you unquestioningly”

I am anti- banking model

I am anti-grades (the whole idea of “intelligence” is a gross ableist oversimplification of brain functions, and I’ve seen the kind of damage telling a young person “You’re not smart” over and over and OVER again can do)

I am anti- “Everyone can be an A student with enough effort!” and then, “So many people got A’s on this test…was it too easy?” (scary parallels with capitalism here)

I am anti- whitewashed histories that skew facts to glorify the United States

I am anti- schools being designed for abled students

I am anti- educators who think students’ parents’ opinions are more important than those of the students themselves

I am anti- school to prison pipeline

I believe that schools seek to destroy the souls of young people. This, so that by the time we’re “supposed” to be politically active, we are too broken to fix this broken world—that we become “well-adjusted” members of society.

I do not believe every teacher is cognizant of this function of their job—I’d be surprised if any are. But the system as a whole functions in this way because of socially acceptable hatred of young people, which leads to disregard for our humanity and agency.

I know that some schools seem to be moving beyond this authoritarian, traditional approach. Good people who see the plight of youth are trying to make the classroom more fun, less boring. My school is one of them (in a couple classes). But the thing is, they aren’t challenging the basic assumption “students should obey teachers.” They aren’t challenging the basic assumption “young people should not have any say in this institution which is a large part of their lives.” And as long as they don’t, the old way will prevail.

I believe that to right this wrong, we must do away with schools entirely and replace them with democratic institutions of learning.

I am certainly not suggesting that young people, in lack of a school, should spend all their time around their parents. That would just be getting rid of one shitty institution and strengthening another. We must simultaneously knock down the institutions of schooling and of parenting.

I hope I answered your question. And thanks for asking—I didn’t know I wanted to write this.