FCPS Will Force Students to Sign Pro-Transgender Document

June 13, 2016

The Fairfax County School Board forced through a controversial policy change which will not only immediately force local schools to allow individuals to use whichever bathrooms, locker rooms, showers, and other facilities that they want, but will include those changes in the 2016-2017 "Student Rights and Responsibilities" document -- which students are required to sign in order to be allowed to attend school! 

At the June 9 school board meeting, several parents were removed from the room by the Stasi FCPS security guards. 

From the (biased) Washington Post, June 10, 2016:

The Fairfax County School Board set off a furious debate when it decided to amend its student handbook to ban discrimination against transgender students, a move that angered some board members who saw the move as an 11th-hour change without proper vetting.

The board this week voted 9 to 3 to pass the amendment after a debate that stretched to three hours and led the district’s head of security to escort disruptive community members from the meeting. The change prohibits schools from excluding students from activities or from discriminating against students on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation.

Board members who supported the measure said it was a pro forma move to align the student handbook with the district’s nondiscrimination policy passed last year, which also banned discrimination on the basis of gender identity. Schools Superintendent Karen Garza said the district already was barred from discriminating against transgender students because of last year’s policy change.

Opponents criticized the move as rushed and said they did not have enough information to make a prudent decision about the amendment, which was introduced Thursday night and had not been discussed at a previous meeting.

“We are going to ask our students to sign something that we haven’t discussed,” said board member Jeanette Hough (At Large), who choked up with emotion as she pleaded with the board to put the amendment on hold. “The goal is that each child is treated with love. . . . We get there by listening to one another and asking good questions, not by passing motions last-minute.”