Human Rights Campaign Equality Votes PAC Launches Final Mobilization Campaign to Educate and Mobilize Equality Voters

The ads target hundreds of thousands of “Equality Voters” in key districts where their turnout is critical to the outcome of the Presidential contest statewide. Partnering with the data and analytics firm Catalist to create an “Equality Voter Model,” the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) built on decades of voter and polling data to assess the degree to which a person is likely to support pro-LGBTQ policies — from marriage equality and adoption by LGBTQ parents, to laws that would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Supporters in any state can go to hrc.org/vote to register to vote, verify their voter registration, find out about early in-person or mail voting options and receive election reminders. For more information on how to get involved, sign up to volunteer, or join an advocacy training, visit HRC’s Equality Voter Action Center.

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School Board rejects equity policy but votes for continuing discussion of concept | St. Tammany community news

After nearly four hours of piercing public discussion, the St. Tammany Parish School Board on Thursday shifted gears on a proposal to hire a consultant and develop an equity policy for the school district, opting instead to bring together parties from all sides of the controversial concept to figure out a way forward.

Meeting as a committee as a whole, the board voted down a resolution by member Dennis Cousin to engage an external consultant who would “evaluate and develop a strategic equity action plan to ensure that discrimination does not affect outcomes” for students and faculty members. That resolution failed by a 10-3 vote, with Cousin, Lisa Page and Shelta Richardson voting for and Tammy Lamy abstaining.

Board member Ronald Bettencourt then offered a substitute resolution that affirms the school system’s adherence to all federal discrimination laws and supports “ongoing efforts to identify and address any and all areas

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Massachusetts education board votes to modify the definition of remote learning in regulations

The state education board on Tuesday voted to approve amendments to regulations around how students go to school safely during a declared state of emergency, as officials said they plan to monitor the quality of remote learning in the coming months.

Massachusetts has been in a declared state of emergency for six months amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. After schools abruptly went online in the spring as virus cases spread, districts across the state now have a mix of in-person and online learning models.

The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted unanimously to approve amendments to regulations for student learning during an emergency, which call for districts to define remote learning and have plans that include a system for tracking attendance and participation, a policy for grading students’ remote academic work and a requirement that teachers and administrators regularly communicate with students’ parents and guardians, including providing

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