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Panel to hear father-daughter bill

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A Rhode Island Senate committee is taking up a bill aimed at saving events like a father-daughter school dance that was canceled over concerns that gender-specific events violate state antidiscrimination laws. The Senate Education Committee has scheduled a Wednesday hearing on Senator Hanna Gallo’s legislation. The bill would allow schools to provide activities specifically for students of one gender as long as similar activities are open to students of the opposite gender. School officials in Cranston canceled the father-daughter dance last year after the American Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint on behalf of a single mother whose daughter could not attend.

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