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Michelle Rhee’s group stands by anti-gay honoree

In response to a recent Salon report that Michelle Rhee's controversial nonprofit StudentsFirst named anti-gay Tennessee state Rep. John Ragan "reformer of the year," the group is standing by him -- responding with dubious claims about his record and scrubbing its website of a blog post hailing him for always voting "to do right by kids when it comes to education.”

Salon reported Monday that despite receiving the award from StudentsFirst, Ragan has a notorious (and searchable) track record of legislation that specifically targets queer students for harassment by teachers, school counselors and their peers. He was the co-sponsor of the notorious "Don't Say Gay" bill, a measure that would have banned teachers from discussing sexuality that is not “related to natural human reproduction” in the classroom -- and would have forced educators and school therapists to “out” students they suspected of being gay to parents or guardians.

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