(Wyoming) - Gov. Matt Mead issued a statement today in response to last week's release from the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice on guidance for schools to ensure civil rights of transgender students
The two agencies informed school districts how they will determine whether
schools receiving federal funds are complying with Title IX of the
Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis
of sex in education programs.
“The threat of losing federal funds does not sit well with us in Wyoming.
Education is rightly controlled by our local school districts and they deal
everyday with matters that affect student safety and privacy,” said
Governor Mead. “I have confidence Wyoming schools will find a way forward
that is respectful of all students. The Administration’s letter, which is
flawed, includes deeply divisive analysis and policy guidance that is not
helpful. We will continue to honor local control and we will resist this
latest action by the Administration.”
Wyoming Superintendent Jillian Balow also released a statement on civil
rights of transgender students
stating, "I don't believe it is appropriate for federal bureaucrats to tell
our education professionals how to handle these sensitive situations."
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.
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