School board vote on orientation challenged
by Barbara Skinner
At the June 18 Montgomery County School Board meeting, the board skipped the second reading of a proposed policy change and inserted new language into the Montgomery County Public Schools Equal Employment Opportunity statement at accelerated speed.
Board members chose to include sexual orientation in their list of protections, despite the fact that board attorney Brad King explained that the 2012-13 employment opportunity policy incorporated federal and state protections and that neither federal nor state law provides a legal definition of “sexual orientation.”
Skinner has regularly attended school board meetings for the past two years and is the parent of a Montgomery County Public Schools student.