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Ohio school officials to vote on LGBTQ+ discrimination resolutions over lunch funding

The Ohio State School Board of Education is set to vote in October on two resolutions regarding funding for free meal programs for students. If passed, one of the resolutions would oppose the recent measures adopted by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) on the prohibition on discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community. If adopted it […]

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‘Difference makes our world interesting’: The teachers helping make schools safe for LGBT children
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