After Distribution of Anti-Gay Fliers, Montgomery School Board Committee to Recommend Ban

The Gazette
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April 18, 2012

Nonprofits may find it more difficult to get their message to middle and high school students next school year.

Montgomery County Board of Education Policy Committee will recommend at its April 30 meeting that nonprofits no longer be allowed to distribute fliers to middle school and high school students, according to school board member Patricia B. O’Neill. There would be three exceptions, for government agencies, such as the recreation department, the school system and the PTA, she said.

“It’s been six years since the policy was reviewed last and I think a lot of things have changed in the world that we live in,” said O’Neill (Dist. 1) of Bethesda.

The committee was tasked by the board with reevaluating the school system’s policy on fliers distributed by organizations after a flier sent home in February by Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays provoked outrage of some school officials and gay advocates.