What Will You Do If Magic Valley Schools Adopt New Transgender Bathroom Policies?
In case you haven't heard, the government has declared that schools must allow transgender bathrooms. What will you do if Magic Valley schools are required to follow these guidelines?
Schools across the country strive to create and sustain inclusive, supportive, safe, and nondiscriminatory communities for all students. In recent years, we have received an increasing number of questions from parents, teachers, principals, and school superintendents about civil rights protections for transgender students. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) and its implementing regulations prohibit sex discrimination in educational programs and activities operated by recipients of Federal financial assistance.1 This prohibition encompasses discrimination based on a student’s gender identity, including discrimination based on a student’s transgender status. This letter summarizes a school’s Title IX obligations regarding transgender students and explains how the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) evaluate a school’s compliance with these obligations. ED and DOJ (the Departments) have determined that this letter is significant guidance. 2 This guidance does not add requirements to applicable law, but provides information and examples to inform recipients about how the Departments evaluate whether covered entities are complying with their legal obligations.
The key phrase is "significant guidance". What will happen to schools that don't follow this "guidance"? The bigger question is what will Magic Valley parents do if their kids are required to use bathrooms that are subject to these policies?
What will you do?