As required by House bill 145 and Senate bill 161 (identical to HB 145), adopted in February 2020, the Virginia Department of Education is developing “Model Policies for the Treatment of Transgender Students in Virginia’s Public Schools. A draft has been published at Model Policies for the Treatment of Transgender Students in Virgiinia Public Schools (virginia.gov) on which the public is invited to comment between now and 11:59 pm. on February 3 (CLICK ON => Guidance Document Public Comment Forum (virginia.gov)). After a final model is adopted by the Dept. of Education, every local school board will have to adopt a policy that is at a minimum consistent, although it can be more protective.
The policies promoted include:
- Warning that failure to use a transgender student’s preferred pronoun could subject teachers or students to disciplinary action.
- That schools should help students make decisions about “gender identity” without parents…
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