2013-01-31 / News

State senator fights for father-daughter dances

When the Cranston school superintendent canceled fatherdaughter and mother-son dances last year to comply with state gender discrimination laws, it sparked a controversy and eventually led to a call from the school committee for lawmakers to address the issue.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Hanna M. Gallo (D-Cranston, West Warwick) seeks to resolve the problem by amending state law to permit schools “to provide activities for students of one sex provided that reasonably comparable activities are provided for students of the other sex.”

The Gallo legislation proposes to add language to existing state law regarding “discrimination because of sex” as it pertains to schools. The proposed new language will allow schools to provide activities for students of one sex such as father-daughter and mother-son activities, but if such activities are provided for students of one sex, opportunities for reasonably comparable activities shall be provided for students of the other sex.

The bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Education, which Gallo chairs.

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