- Associated Press - Friday, March 25, 2016

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The state Board of Education has extended a public comment deadline on a new set of policies aimed at ensuring students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning are treated fairly in schools across Michigan.

MLive.com reports (http://bit.ly/1RE9tKQ ) Friday that the comments deadline will be extended by at least 30 days from the originally scheduled April 11 date.

The policies include guidelines such as allowing a student to use restrooms based on their gender identity, addressing students by their “chosen name” and gender pronouns that “correspond to their gender identity,” ensuring staff are trained to address issues facing LGBTQ students, and supporting the creation of clubs like as gay-straight alliances.

Opponents have said they worry the guidelines would upset children’s privacy and safety.

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Information from: The Grand Rapids Press:MLive.com, http://www.mlive.com

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