O’Donnell Introduces Weight-Based Discrimination to List

ALBANY—Assemblyman Danny O’Donnell is re-introducing the “Dignity for All Students Act” with an update: it will explicitly seek to protect students from discrimination based on their weight.
“There were a lot of people who said this is not dignity for all students, it’s just dignity for students on this list,” O’Donnell told me by phone, noting that he wrote objectors a letter explaining amendments to the measure. “Based on the debate last year on the floor, we felt we had addressed some that.”
The legislation would direct school districts to “develop procedures which create a school environment free of discrimination and harassment,” incorporate those policies into already-required character education and to publicly report violations on an annual basis.