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PIERRE, S.D(AP) — A South Dakota lawmaker dropped a plan Thursday that would have made the state the first to ban public schools from teaching about gender identity in elementary and middle schools. Republican SenPhil Jensen rewrote his bill to remove any mention of transgender issuesA Senate panel killed the reshaped legislation, which instead would have allowed state standardized tests to be administered in paper or computerized form. Jensen said he overhauled the proposal after realizing there were issues he hadn’t thought of with his original idea. “It wasn’t a hoax,” he said“It wasn’t until basically yesterday that I decided that I needed to go a different direction.” Most Read Stories‘Suddenly there is a Confederate flag flying’ in Seattle’s Greenwood area – well, not quiteWithin minutes of each other, state Senate and House agree to shield many of their records from the publicMeteorologists expect up to an inch of snow Friday in Seattle as cold-weather records fallEnemy World War II fighter pilots told a tale of peril and reconciliationThen there was the truth| PNW Magazine  VIEWBoomtown Seattle: Why we move here — and how we’re all in it together  VIEWUnlimited Digital Access$1 for 4 weeks.He declined to elaborate to The Associated Press. The bill would have covered public school students through seventh gradeA spokeswoman for the state Department of Education has said she’s not aware of any schools in the state currently addressing gender identity. Nathan Smith, public policy director at GLSEN, a national group focused on safe schools for LGBTQ students, said the proposal’s end is “good for South Dakota students.” Critics said the initial push targeted transgender students in the same way some states limit positively portraying homosexuality in the classroomGender identity is one’s inner sense of one’s own gender. “We would certainly warn away South Dakota or any other state from considering legislation that restricts the ability of educators to address issues around sexual orientation or gender identity because we know that that’s bad for students,” Smith said. GLSEN recently counted seven states — Alabama, Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas — with restrictions on positively portraying homosexuality in health classes. LGBTQ students in states with such laws are more likely to face assault and harassment at school, and get less support from teachers and administrators, according to a GLSEN research brief. States including California, Massachusetts and Washington have moved in the opposite direction. Washington included gender identity as an optional topic for districts to teach in recently revised health learning standardsFor example, it suggests kindergarten students understand there are many ways to express gender and third graders recognize the importance of treating others with respect regarding gender identity. The Associated Press Next StoryEx-Oklahoma reserve deputy’s manslaughter conviction upheld Previous StoryFormer police employee pleads guilty to selling evidence // PROD-1622 Outbrain AB Test // Have to disable outbrain from running at this point based on optimizely test booleans (function() { if ( SEATIMESCO.hasOwnProperty('outbrain') && SEATIMESCO.outbrain.hasOwnProperty('enabled') && SEATIMESCO.outbrain.enabled === false ) { var outbrain = null; outbrain = document.querySelector('.OUTBRAIN[data-widget-id="AR_6"]'); if (outbrain !== null ) { outbrain.parentNode.removeChild(outbrain); } } })(); Contact Newsroom staff list FAQ Contact form About the company Seattle Restaurant Week Newspapers in Education Fund for the Needy Employment Historical Archives Pulitzers Company information Permissions Seattle Times Store Advertise Classifieds Autos Homes Obituary Jobs Media Kit Advertise with Us Subscriber Services Subscribe Activate Account Manage Subscription Place Temporary Hold Report Delivery Issue Make a Payment Print Replica Today’s Front Page Facebook Twitter RSS Feeds Newsletters Mobile Apps Subscribe

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