HISD Strengthens Non-Discrimination Policy
The Houston Independent School District (HISD) has updated its non-discrimination policy to include gender identity and gender expression. The new policy reads as follows:
Employees of the District shall not discriminate on the basis of or engage in harassment motivated by age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, sex, handicap or disability, marital status, religion, veteran status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or gender expression. A substantiated charge of harassment against a student or employee shall result in disciplinary action.
The new policy was approved by the Board of Education at its meeting on June 23. The board also enhanced bullying prohibitions to comply with changes in state laws. HISD’s Code of Student Conduct prohibits verbal abuse, bullying and cyber-bullying of any student.
The Houston Independent School District is the largest school district in Texas and the seventh-largest in the United States with 298 schools and more than 200,000 students. The 301-square-mile district is one of the largest employers in the Houston metropolitan area with nearly 30,000 employees.
For more information, visit the HISD Web site at www.houstonisd.org.