(Cheyenne, Wyo) - Today, the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice released guidance for schools to ensure the civil rights of transgender students.
The U.S. DOE release states that "under Title IX of the Education
Amendments of 1972
receiving federal money may not discriminate based on a student's sex,
including a student's transgender status. The guidance makes clear that
both federal agencies treat a student's gender identity as the student's
sex for purposes of enforcing Title IX."
The guidance, which is available to read in full here
states that schools have an obligation to:
- Respond promptly and effectively to sex-based harassment of all
students, including harassment based on a student's actual or perceived
gender identity, transgender status, or gender transition;
- Treat students consistent with their gender identity even if their
school records or identification documents indicate a different sex;
- Allow students to participate in sex-segregated activities and access
sex-segregated facilities consistent with their gender identity; and
- Protect students' privacy related to their transgender status under
Title IX and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
Shortly after the USDOE released the guidance, Wyoming Superintendent
Jillian Balow released a statement on the civil rights of transgender
"Guidance on ensuring the civil rights of transgender students was released
by the USDOE and USDOJ today which underscores the challenges of adapting
to social change in schools. I don't believe it is appropriate for federal
bureaucrats to tell our education professionals how to handle these
"Educators are entrusted with the safety of all children, physical and
emotional, in the school setting. Many Wyoming schools have already adapted
to the transgender community by providing accommodations, such as a
separate bathroom, for transgender students. I expect that Wyoming
education leaders will continue to carefully make decisions in the interest
of all students and consider policy decisions with input from the local
school board, students, and the public.
"While I appreciate the attention paid to transgender students in the
federal guidance, it's critical that we recognize, and reasonably
accommodate, the uniqueness of all students."
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