Over 70 Oregon school districts changed their anti-bullying policies last year to better protect students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, but nearly one in three school districts still does not comply with state law, a new report has found.

With support from a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Public Health Law Research program awarded to the Oregon Public Health Division, the Oregon Safe Schools & Communities Coalition (OSSCC) in partnership with the Oregon Public Health Division, Q Center and OGALLA: The LGBT Bar Association of Oregon collected and examined school district policy information from nearly all of Oregon’s 197 school districts. School districts were evaluated based on how well the district policies complied with the amended Oregon Safe Schools Act. The state law, established in 2009 and amended in 2012, strengthened protections for students who are or are perceived to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender or are targeted because of their gender identity.

SafeSchoolsReport_2013_coverOSSCC is proud to share the following information about school district policies, and their compliancy ranking with Oregon’s Safe Schools Act, obtained from our research in 2013. OSSCC is willing to provide additional information from our working group team to any district or community member who wishes to learn more. Please contact us at info@oregonsafeschools.org.