The implosion of the public school system continues apace.
Seems a bit bizarre but I think this is probably much ado about nothing. Unless high school has changed far more than I think is possible I can't imagine there are all that many transgendered folks out there to whom this policy will apply, though I guess cultural attitudes towards such issues have changed a lot even since the 90's. Maybe I'm wrong and they've been coming out of the woodwork.
If it leads to an epidemic of guys wearing dresses to check out the girls' locker room I'm sure it'll be remedied soon enough, and if not the students will just have to develop a healthy sense of humor about it all in due course.
"Consistent with the statutory standard, a school should accept a student’s assertion of his or her gender identity when there is “consistent and uniform assertion of the gender-related identity, or any other evidence that the gender-related identity is sincerely held as part of a person’s core identity.” If a student’s gender-related identity, appearance, or behavior meets this standard, the only circumstance in which a school may question a student’s asserted gender identity is where school personnel have a credible basis for believing that the student’s gender-related identity is being asserted for some improper purpose."
Guidance for Massachusetts Public Schools
Creating a Safe and Supportive School Environment
Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity
SRS should indeed be covered by insurance, whether public or private, and it should be available without parental consent.
Oh and by the way, I also support gun clubs in schools to promote firearm safety at a young age, so don't brand me as a "leftie."
In one situation where a transgender girl was entering high school, she and her parent asked the principal to inform her teachers that even though her school records indicate that her name is John, she goes by the name Jane and uses female pronouns. The school principal sent the following memorandum to the student’s classroom teachers:
“The student John Smith wishes to be referred to by the name Jane Smith, a name that is consistent with the student’s female gender identity. Please be certain to use the student’s preferred name in all contexts, as well as the corresponding pronouns. It is my expectation that students will similarly refer to the student by her chosen name and preferred pronouns. Your role modeling will help make a smooth transition for all concerned. If students do not act accordingly, you may speak to them privately after class to request that they do. Continued, repeated, and intentional misuse of names and pronouns may erode the educational environment for Jane. It should not be tolerated and can be grounds for student discipline. If you need any assistance to make sure that Jane Smith experiences a safe, nondiscriminatory classroom atmosphere, please contact me or Ms. O’Neill. – Mr. Jones, Principal.”
There's nothing about forcing anyone to be friends, that's just hype from FAUX NEUZ. The Guidance is merely asserting that bullying against transgender students should be punished. This is just common sense and shouldn't even need to be said. Unfortunately, FAUX NEUZ wants to make money, so they spread lies which cause a lot of excitement among the gullible.
Here's a good place to start:
The Needs of Gender-Variant Children and Their Parents According to Health Professionals.
E. Riley et al, International Journal of Transgenderism, Volume 13, Issue 2, 2011.
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