Media release | 2 May 2013
NSW LABOR TABLES PETITION TO KEEP PROUD SCHOOLS
NSW Labor Upper House Member Penny Sharpe today tabled a petition in the NSW Parliament to keep the Proud Schools program.
The petition signed by 273 people called on the NSW Government to continue and expand the Proud Schools program to make sure young people in NSW can go to school free of discrimination.
“In 2011, Education Minister Verity Firth launched a trial of the Proud Schools program to tackle homophobia and transphobia in schools,” Ms Sharpe said.
“The Proud Schools trial has been underway in 12 schools across the state with positive results.
“When Labor launched this program, the Minister explained that following the pilot, a series of recommendations would be made for a roll-out across the state.
“I have been pleased that the Government continued the trial.
“The question remains whether the Government will be prepared to expand the program to every school in the state.