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Batavia public school rally to call for equity in education
-- From an Equality Illinois press release
2022-05-24

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BPS Parents for Equity and Justice and Batavia Public School (BPS) students to host a rally and call to action in response to ongoing inequities in the treatment of all marginalized groups and the district's reluctance to implement equity in education

The rally and community call to action in a response to lack of equity in education as well as racism, anti-trans, and anti-LGBTQ+ hate/harassment at Batavia schools in Illinois.

The rally will take place Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at 6 p.m. 0utside the entrance to Rotolo Middle School (1501 S Raddant Rd, Batavia, IL 60510)

BPS Parents for Equity and Justice along with BPS students and their parents are demanding immediate action from BPS101 District Administration and Board of Education to implement long overdue changes in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Since the beginning of the school year, there has been a high report of anti-LGBTQ+ actions at schools across the state. Last week an anti-trans incident took place at Rotolo Middle School. BPS Parents for Equality and Justice and BPS students are calling on BPS101 and the district's Board of Education to address these inequities with strategic actions, which have been brought up repeatedly at BPS101 District Board meetings this past year and will be brought up again on May 24th.

Educators have a sacred duty to protect and affirm children and young people. The laws of the State of Illinois strive to create an affirming and respectful environment for all students including those from historically marginalized communities. Laws like the LGBTQ-inclusive Human Rights Act and anti-bullying protections, which have all been adopted with bipartisan support, reflect the values of the Land of Lincoln that all students should be treated with dignity, should be affirmed, and should have the freedom to learn and grow without burden or hostility.

About Equality Illinois At Equality Illinois we envision a fair and unified Illinois where everyone is treated equally with dignity and respect and where all people live freely regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. We work hard to promote legislation to protect the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) individuals; maintain the visibility of LGBTQ issues; oppose legislation which seeks to limit the civil rights of the LGBTQ community; and expand statewide grassroots support.


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