Tag: Emerging Practices

Parents, “Not Required”

‘The District of Columbia Public Schools issued guidance (“DCPS Guidance”) noting that “students may choose to have their parents participate in the transition process, but parental participation is not required.” ‘ page 2,  “Examples of Policies and Emerging Practices for Supporting Transgender Students”  U.S. Department of Education, May 13th, 2016

 

When speaking to parents

In early May, the national spotlight was on the ‘transgender bathroom bill’ volleyball lawsuit war between North Carolina and the U.S. Department of Justice. By the middle of May, that spotlight turned to Fort Worth, Texas.

Without a vote from the school board, without input from parents, the Superintendent of Fort Worth ISD announced the new “Fort Worth ISD Transgender Student Guidelines” which had been signed into effect April 19th, 2016.

Soon after, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick called for the Guidelines to be rescinded, and for the Superintendent’s resignation.

Then May 13th, 2016, President Obama stepped in calling for similar ‘Guidelines’ for the entire nation. Most think this has to do with where transgender students use the bathroom.

According to the documents released that day, there’s much more to it.

From the U.S. Department of Education, Examples of Policies and Emerging Practices for Supporting Transgender Students,  cites several policies from districts across the nation, ’emerging’ examples that purportedly ‘support’ transgender students, with the strong suggestion that certainly your district will want to do the same.

After all, according to the accompanying Dear Colleague letter, from the Depts. of Justice & Education, adopting these types of policies and practices will ensure continued federal funding. Talk about a carrot and stick! Who could resist? 

On page 2, it asks the question: “How do schools communicate with the parents of younger students compared to older transgender students?”

The examples:
Parents are often

“Parents play less of a role in an older student’s transition”

“….consult with the student before reaching out to the parents”

“.students may choose to have their parents participate in the transition process, but parental participation is not required”

Not required? By who? Who is in charge of U.S. students? Sounds like parents are just an accessory, useful perhaps, but NOT REQUIRED.

From page 3.

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“…. working closely with older students prior to notification of family.”

similarly

“School personnel should speak with the student first before discussing a student’s gender nonconformity or transgender status with the student’s parent or guardian.”


“…..school personnel should discuss with the student how the school should refer to the student, [he or she] in written communication to the student’s parent or guardian.”

In other words, if schools across the nation  want to keep those funds, make sure  teachers follow this simple rule:

When Johnny starts using the name ‘Suzy’ at school, stop saying Johnny and start using ‘Suzy’, ‘she’, ‘her’. But don’t tell the parents. Keep them in the dark. 

Fort Worth ISD’s “Guidelines” put an even bigger wall between parents and children:
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“All students have a right to privacy. This includes keeping a student’s actual or perceived gender identity and expression private. School personnel may only share this information on a need-to-know basis or as the student directs. This includes sharing information with the student’s parent or guardian. When contacting the parent or guardian of a transgender student, school personnel must use the student’s legal name and pronoun corresponding to the student’s gender assigned at birth……”

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And this last quote: information may be provided to others. Without parental consent. What others?

Parents: Contact your Representative.  Contact your Senator.      Urge them to end this U.S. Govt. sponsored social engineering madness now. 

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Excerpt from “Who is Running this Country”
“Examples of Policies…”
asks the question: “How do schools communicate with the parents of younger students compared to older transgender students?”

The answers:


From page 2:

Parents are often

“Parents play less of a role in an older student’s transition”

“Consult with the student before reaching out to the parents”

“Parental participation is not required”


From page 3.

 

recommends different

“Work closely with older students prior to notification of family.”

Notice that these policies fail to define “older”. So, what is ‘older’? 13? 12? 11?

similarly

“School personnel should discuss with the student how the school should refer to the student, [he or she] in written communication to the student’s parent or guardian. “

In other words, “Teacher, you can call me “Susan” and refer to me using  ‘her’ and ‘she’ at school, but if you’re talking to my parents, say “Tom”, and use “he” and “him”.”

Chicago Public

“When speaking with….parents…. school staff should not disclose a student’s preferred name, pronoun,….pertaining to the student’s transgender or gender nonconforming status without the student’s permission, unless authorized…by the Law Department.”

oregon“Transgender students may not want their parents to know about their transgender identity”

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