Here is an update to IMPORTANT SCHOOL BOARD UPDATES FOR SEPTEMBER 21st MEETING. It is another email from the Chairman of the PWC Republican Committee.
Prince William Republicans,
As you know, on September 21, the School Board is voting on a Revision of Policy 060, “Nondiscrimination And Commitment To Equity,” a proposal being pushed by liberal Chairman Ryan Sawyers. Sawyers wants to add “gender identity” to the non-discrimination clause, which would allow transgender students and staff to choose the bathroom, locker room, showers and athletic team participation of their preferred choice, regardless of biological anatomy.
In response to the overwhelming backlash from the community, Chairman Sawyers signaled on Saturday that he would amend his proposal and provide a “compromise.” This so-called “compromise” would still include “gender identity” and “sexual orientation” in the non-discrimination policy but give “guidance to the Superintendent that he is to not change the current regulations and practices regarding bathroom and locker room use.” Sawyers’ new proposal continues, “The Prince William County School Board may specifically address this at a later date once it, as a body, is satisfied with the guidance and/or rulings provided by the courts, or as required by law.”
Here is a news story about Sawyer’s “compromise” policy revision: http://www.fauquier.com/prince_william_times/sawyers-amends-school-lbgt-proposal-to-exclude-bathroom-policy-change/article_e9301714-7daa-11e6-8ae5-f77c35442b60.html
While we are pleased that Sawyers has acknowledged that Prince William County residents are overwhelmingly against this radical policy, there are legitimate legal problems with Sawyer’s “compromise” proposal. In addition, the Brentsville District won’t have a Representative in place for Wednesday’s vote. Therefore, the School Board should still oppose Sawyers’ proposal on Wednesday.
Below are a few important points to consider as we approach this crucial Wednesday School Board meeting:
1) NO BRENTSVILLE, NO VOTE! – This “gender identity” policy revision is significant and has far reaching implications, even with Sawyers’ compromise. A temporary replacement for Gil Trenum (the Brentsville Representative who is currently on a year-long Navy Reserve deployment) has not been appointed yet. Therefore, Chairman Sawyers should delay any major vote until a representative for Brentsville is seated.
2) Sawyer’s Compromise Is Still Bad Policy – Chairman Sawyers’ “compromise” is meaningless and actually contradicts itself. The whole purpose of adding “gender identity” to a non-discrimination policy is for access to gender-specific facilities. All guidance documentation for transgender rights affirms this (ie: Schools In Transition: A Guide To Support Transgender Students in K-12). Sawyers’ “compromise” would give implicit approval to lawsuits by transgender persons against the School Superintendent. It is a backdoor approach that eventually will lead to transgender access to bathrooms and locker rooms through lawsuit, which would violate the privacy rights of our children through uncomfortable encounters among children and adults of the opposite biological anatomy.
In addition, this “compromise” fails to address the concerns of the community regarding overnight accommodations on student trips. This “compromise” also fails to address parents’ concerns about the sex education curriculum changes to incorporate transgenderism which typically follow such policy changes.
3) This Policy Revision Is Still Unnecessary – For years, Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) have protected and accommodated transgender students and staff in a respectful, private and genuine manner, therefore no revision is needed. PWCS have conducted numerous forums and outreach events regarding discrimination and school bullying, and the issue of discrimination toward transgender students and staff has never been a problem. In fact, in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by Del. Bob Marshall, PWCS acknowledged that no such discrimination cases have been filed in the last ten years. Our schools have kept transgender students safe, and our teachers have disciplined bullying when it occurs. Therefore, no policy revision is needed. This is a solution in search of a problem.
4) This Policy Creates Legal Problems for County – In August, a federal judge in Texas blocked President Obama’s guidance directive on transgender bathrooms. Also in August, the U.S. Supreme Court halted a lawsuit by a transgender student in Gloucester County, Virginia, effectively ruling that the County did not have to open up its bathrooms, locker rooms and showers to opposite gender students. And last week, the Virginia Supreme Court decided to take up a challenge to the Fairfax County’s “gender identity” policy change, based on the “Dillon Rule”, which requires that local nondiscrimination laws not be more stringent than the state law. Plain and simple – a County school board cannot pass laws that conflict with state law! Revising this policy now in Prince William would open up the County to lawsuits that drain precious resources, while the constitutionality of this policy is debated in the courts. Multiple courts have ruled against these policy changes across the nation. Many legal experts believe this issue will eventually reach the Supreme Court. Even with Sawyers’ “compromise” proposal, the School Board should not take any action on this matter at this time.
1) Email the School Board requesting that they vote “NO” on the Revision of Policy 060, “Nondiscrimination And Commitment To Equity” and Chairman Sawyer’s “compromise” proposal. Their email addresses are as follows:
Ryan Sawyers (D-At Large): RSawyers@pwcs.edu; Diane Raulston (D-Neabsco): DRaulston@pwcs.edu; Justin Wilk (D-Potomac): JWilk@pwcs.edu; Willie Deutsch (R-Coles): WDeutsch@pwcs.edu; Gil Trenum (R-Brentsville): GTrenum@pwcs.edu; Alyson Satterwhite (R-Gainesville): ASatterwhite@pwcs.edu; Lillie Jessie (D-Occoquan): LJessie@pwcs.edu; Loree Williams (D-Woodbridge): LWilliams@pwcs.edu
2) Sign up to speak against the revision during the September 21 (7pm) meeting “citizen time” at the Edward L. Kelly Leadership Center (14715 Bristow Rd, Manassas, VA 20112). To speak, notify the Board Clerk by phone at 703.791.8709; or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to noon on the day of the Board meeting and you will be placed on the list of speakers. First come, first serve.
3) Notify your neighbors and community and encourage them to do item #1 and #2. The vast majority of Prince William County residents simply are unaware that this vote is taking place.
Chairman PWC Republican Committee
Think about what the proponents of adding “gender identity” to the non-discrimination clause are demanding. They are demanding that everybody else participate in their fantasy. By what right can anyone demand that everybody else treat them as a woman when they have the body of a man? By what right can anyone demand that everybody else treat them as a man when they have the body of a woman? They may as well demand that because they want to get drunk everyone else has to get drunk.