Texas art teacher suspended after making plea for LGBTI inclusion

Stacy Bailey [Twitter] A popular art teacher in Texas was suspended in September after she asked school officials to consider adding LGBTI-inclusive language to the school district’s anti-discrimination policy. The Dallas Morning News reported that Stacy Bailey, an art teacher at an elementary school in Mansfield, a suburb of Dallas, emailed several school board members and the district’s assisstant superintendent on 25 August 2017 asking ‘to begin a conversation’ about adding language regarding ‘sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.’ ‘I think it is important that [Mansfield Independent School District] starts movement towards progress now,’ Bailey’s email read. ‘We have many LGBTQ teachers, students, and families in this district. We deserve the right to feel protected by our district.’ She cited San Antonio, Dallas and Austin as Texas school districts that have added LGBTQ language to their policies. In 2016, Bailey was named 2016 Teacher of the Year at Charlotte Anderson Elementary School. However, two weeks after sending that email, she was placed on paid administrative leave. Congrats again to our 2016 Charlotte Anderson Teacher of the year, Ms. Stacy Bailey! #MISDOscarNight2017 #youmakeusproud @msbailey_cae pic.twitter.com/VxulHogYPH — Ms. Clayton (@msclayton_cae) May 8, 2017 The 8 September letter informing her of […]