In the face of the Trump Administration rescinding federal protections for transgender students, some PA districts are vowing to preserve their local protections, reports Emily Babay and Ashleigh Albert for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Pennsylvania and New Jersey have no state laws specifically addressing the bathroom access of transgender students, although New Jersey does ban discrimination based on gender-identity in schools.
In the absence of even state-mandated protection, a number of local districts have adopted policies specifically intended to protect transgender students.
Upper Dublin School District, located in Montgomery County, adopted a policy last May that allows students to choose which bathrooms, locker rooms, and sports teams they prefer based on their “consistently asserted gender.”
The policy was described as “pretty expansive” by Sara Johnson Rothman, an attorney who heads the school board’s policy committee. She also described the Trump administration’s rollbacks as “terrible.”
The Lower Merion School district adopted a similar policy last spring. “We remain firmly committed to providing a safe, supportive and inclusive learning environment for all students and employees,” spokesman Doug Young said in an email to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
“The district’s policies and administrative regulations in support of gender-expansive and transgender students were put in place to give school communities the knowledge they need to create a climate in which all students feel safe and valued. That will not change.”
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