By Bill Korach www.thereportcard.org
Last week we reported that the Delaware school system was in the process of adapting laws that permit any student to choose his/her gender. Now the school district of Portland, ME is following in Delaware’s footsteps. In addition, parents will have no say in their child’s decision as the school district will side with the student against the parent.
According to the Bangor Daily News:
“After an emotional discussion about inclusion and equity for all students, the Portland School Board voted unanimously Tuesday night to adopt a comprehensive new policy that affirms and protects transgender and gender-expansive students in Portland schools.
“Gender expansive” is a term used to describe people whose gender expression and identity goes beyond what is perceived as expected gender norms. Gia Drew of Equality Maine was part of a large group of school board members. students, teachers, parents, advocates and attorneys who worked on the policy over the past seven months.
“Having grown up as a bisexual, transgender person and not having any support, I probably never thought there would be a place and a time where schools would be voting on a policy that would affirm my identity,” Drew said. “And having been a teacher for 20 years and having to teach and hiding most of that time, I, of course, thought this would never happen. And so here we are, and I think this is going to be a great beacon to other schools across the state.”
Among other things the policy allows students to use restrooms and changing rooms consistent with their gender identity, allows them to use the pronouns they prefer, calls for gender-neutral student dress codes and requires annual training around gender issues for teachers and staff.
The policy is consistent with Maine law that requires non-discrimination in schools.”
The American Psychiatric Association considers gender dysphoria to be a mental illness. The American College of Pediatricians says that forcing kids to follow politically correct promoting gender self-selection is mental cruelty. Yet these school officials are congratulating themselves on “fighting discrimination.” Such is the state of public schools in America