Non-discrimination policies

Grace Raih filed this request with the Department of Education of Massachusetts.


From: Grace Raih

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, I hereby request the following records:

Any and all written documents that include, but are not limited to, policies, procedures, training manuals, talking points and slideshows that include the topic of non-discrimination or anti-bullying policies regarding LGBT identified students. This includes, but is not limited to, policies on the use of restroom and locker room facilities. Please limit this request to documents that were generated over the past two years as well as documents, such as policies, that are in effect now.

Any and all communications or questions requested from education institutions regarding the Department of Justice’ 2016 Joint Guidance on Transgender Students (“Dear Colleague Letter”) or Trump’s 2017 “Dear Colleague Letter”. For reference, these letters are available at the following URLs respectively:

Any and all records, reports or documents sent to districts that regard student sexual health education. Please limit this request to the last two years.

Finally, I request any and all memos, letters, policies and guidelines sent to schools in the last five years that outline policies regarding transgender or gender non-conforming students. This includes, but is not limited to, the use of restroom and locker room facilities.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.


Grace Raih

From: Varon, Joshua (DOE)

Dear Ms. Raih:

  • General Safe Schools Program Powerpoint

  • Education Laws and Regulations 603 CMR 26.00_ Access To Equal Educatio

  • Commissioner's Weekly Update- Massachusetts Department of Elementary a

  • Commissioner’s Memo for Safe and Supportive Schools (2016)

  • Commissioner’s Memo for Safe and Supportive Schools (2015)

  • Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students 2015 Program Evaluation

  • Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association Gender Identity Pol

  • Massachusetts DESE Principles for Ensuring Safe and Supportive Learnin

  • Massachusetts DESE Guidance on Gender Identity

  • Massachusetts 2015 Youth Risk Behavior_ Sexual Orientation and Gender

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From: Lipper, Katherine (EOE)

Ms. Raih,

Please see attached regarding your public records request.

Thank you,

Katherine Lipper | General Counsel | Massachusetts Executive Office of Education<> | 617.979.8334 |