Outright Vermont has launched the 2011-2012 Safer Schools Report Card.
The organization began the Safer Schools Report Card in 2009, surveying administrators in all public high schools in Vermont to highlight efforts being made to improve school climate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQQ or queer) youth. In order to get a more comprehensive understanding of school climate, Outright is expanding the project and this year’s Safer School Report Card will survey students about their experiences and perceptions of school climate specifically related to LGBTQQ issues. The survey is available in paper and online versions, as well as by download from Outright’s website. As an incentive, Outright will be awarding a $500 prize to the school with the highest percentage of student participants.
Saben Littlefield, Outright’s Education and Statewide Field Manager, said, “This is a really exciting step for us to take. Getting students’ perspective about their experiences in Vermont’s schools will tell us a lot about what the school climate is actually like. This data will help inform our work, and will be shared with schools so they gain a better understanding of what queer youth are experiencing.”
Results from the Safer Schools Report Card will be published in the 2012 Queer Youth Pride Report in June. For more information about the Safer Schools Report Card, or about Outright Vermont, visit outrightvt.org or contact Saben Littlefield (Saben@outrightvt.org) or (802) 865-9677.