The Obama administration is using federal “anti-discrimination” law, Title IX, to pull all federal funding from schools that do not allow transgender students to shower with whatever gender they identify as – and there can be no restrictions on the showers.
In other words, if a boy “identifies as a girl,” he will be allowed to shower with girls.
The target of the administration’s ire is Palatine 211, a Chicago-area school district, despite the school’s very accommodating current policy towards transgender students. The district calls the students by requested names, honors selected gender (including allowing them to play on the sports teams of the gender they identify as belonging to), and permits them to use single-sex bathrooms because stalls ensure privacy.
But Obama’s Office of Civil Rights (it’s a thing) says that the few restrictions against showering violate federal law.
Educational Views just reported the following:
“District 211 is not excluding transgender students from their gender-identified locker room,” district superintendent Daniel Cates said in a statement. “Though our position has been inaccurately reported, a transgender student may use his or her gender-identified locker room simply by utilizing individual measures of privacy when changing clothes or taking showers.”
Cates continued: “The students in our schools are teenagers, not adults, and one’s gender is not the same as one’s anatomy. Boys and girls are in separate locker rooms—where there are open changing areas and open shower facilities—for a reason.”
But that’s not enough for the OCR and according to the Associated Press, “District 211 has 30 days to change the policy, or risk losing millions in federal funding.”
The district appealed to reverse the decision and was shut down cold. A report released Monday by the OCR recognizes District 211’s arguments regarding the privacy rights of the non-transgender minors:
The District raised two specific constitutional privacy concerns. First, the District contends that ‘permitting Student A to be present in the locker room would expose female students to being observed in a state of undress by a biologically male individual.’ The District’s second stated privacy concern is that it would be inappropriate for young female students to view a naked male in the locker room in a state of undress. The District stated that ‘[g]ranting Student A the option to change her clothes in the girls’ locker room would expose female students as young as fifteen years of age to a biologically male body.’
But they don’t give a crap. Their blunt response:
“OCR [Office of Civil Rights] finds the concerns unavailing in this case.”
District 211 has said they will take the issue to federal court to protect their students. To many of us this is out of control. Obama has overstepped his mandate on this one. Is this when Americans being fighting back? Will the switched be flipped on now?
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