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Wednesday, November 4, 2015
OCR Guidance Given Regarding Transgender School Facilities
With this letter sent from the Federal Government to an Illinois School District, significant guidance is being given regarding the treatment of transgender students in public schools.
From the New York times:
Federal education authorities, staking out their firmest position yet on an increasingly contentious issue, found Monday that an Illinois school district violated anti-discrimination laws when it did not allow a transgender student who identifies as a girl and participates on a girls’ sports team to change and shower in the girls’ locker room without restrictions. Education officials said the decision was the first of its kind on the rights of transgender students, which are emerging as a new cultural battleground in public schools across the country..Daniel Cates, the district superintendent, said in a statement Monday that he disagreed with the decision, which he described as “a serious overreach with precedent-setting implications.”