Give LGBTQ Students a Safe Learning Environment

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Target: Marla Green, Commissioner, Alabama Charter School Commission

Goal: Approve the creation of an LGBTQ charter school.

Once again, an LGBTQ charter school has been banned by the Alabama Charter School Commission. Magic City Acceptance Academy would have been the state’s first charter school for LGBTQ students.

Public and private schools should be safe places for students of all orientations and backgrounds to learn and grow. Unfortunately, over 30% of LGBTQ students report being bullied on school property. Another 30% report being cyberbullied by their peers. These numbers are probably much higher. This bullying leads to negative academic performance and an increase in suicides.

An LGBTQ charter school will ensure that students have a safe and welcoming environment in which they can learn. The Alabama Charter School Commission denying this charter school is the commission denying that a very real problem exists. Demand that the commission overturn its rejection of Magic City Acceptance Academy.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Commissioner Green,

About 9 in 10 LGBTQ teens have been bullied, with 30% saying they have been bullied on school property. Classroom bullying doesn’t only negatively impact academic performance, but lead to an increase in teen LGBTQ suicided. The Magic City Acceptance Academy would have been a school in which the LGBTQ community could safely learn without the fear of verbal or physical violence.

Denying the school’s application is denying the existence of an entire community and denying that a very real problem exists. There are nearly 150,000 LGBTQ teens in Alabama. Give them the freedom to choose a safe and welcoming educational environment.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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