The United States government is taking a big step to curb religious discrimination in schools.
The U.S. Department of Education announced a series of initiatives this summer to address religious discrimination in public schools, including a new website with legal information regarding students’ religious rights.
For the first time ever, the agency’s Office for Civil Rights will require schools to report the number of incidents involving religious-based bullying and harassment using an online data collection platform. The office also updated its online complaint form to clarify to schools the kinds of incidents that will fall into this category.
The department’s move comes at a crucial time, as the country grapples with disconcerting levels of anti-Muslim sentiment. Continue reading