The Arlington, Virginia, school board attempted to quietly push through new rules to give preferential treatment to “transgender” students without the knowledge of parents ad the parents are furious.
But a group of these upset parents joined together to oppose the school’s decision and demanded that they be included in on decision making.
The group of parents held a meeting of their own ahead of last Tuesday’s school board meeting after the board adopted a new transgender policy.
“[Arlington Public Schools] has far overreached its authority in this matter, and needs to be reminded by concerned parents and community members that political and cultural pressures should never outweigh the school’s responsibility to make safe and healthy educational policy,” said Maria Keffler, spokeswoman for the Arlington Parent Coalition, according to Daily Signal.
The parents conducted the public meeting in hopes of alerting the community and forcing the school board t actually listen to parents.
The group also created a webpage to explain their efforts:
The coalition’s website says it promotes the district’s policies, “which respect parents’ constitutional right to maintain responsibility and authority over their children and their children’s education, and to raise children according to the family’s values.”
“[The proposed policy] is an accommodation procedure, wherein transgender students are given preferences and privileges that deny other students their rights, such as Title IX protections for girls, and privacy rights for both boys and girls,” added Keffler.
The parents discovered that the school board had been working hand-in-hand with a radical transgender activist group while refusing to consult with parents.
Worse, the parents found that the board’s work on the transgender policies were conducted in secret and parents could not even gain access to the plans unless they filed a Freedom of Information Act request.
The new rules would be as follows, according to Daily Signal:
Under the policy, the definitions for “gender identity” and “transgender” that are deemed acceptable by the school board are clearly spelled out.
Access would be granted to bathrooms and locker rooms that “correspond to a student’s gender identity,” and students would have the ability to participate in any “‘co-curricular or extra-curricular activity consistent with their gender identity,’ as regulated by the Virginia High School League.”
Overnight school events would allow students to sleep in a quarters consistent with the student’s gender identity.
Students would be allowed to use names and gender pronouns of their choosing that match their gender identity, with school staff making updates as needed to classroom records.
It is also stated that disclosing a student’s “transgender status, legal name, or gender assigned at birth” may be a violation of privacy laws.
If the policy is adopted, teachers would have to undergo periodic training to to keep up with transgender issues.
The biggest complaint from parents is that the whole policy was crafted in secret without any input from parents.
“The whole community should have been a part of it from the start,” one parent said to the school board. “The questionnaire didn’t even ask if people were residents of Arlington, yet that was the way for us to have an input.”
Exactly right. Why are all these radical plans being done in secret? What are they afraid of?
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