Wednesday, February 22, 2017

I’m a Public School teacher. Hands Off My Trans Students! | gadflyonthewallblog

I’m a Public School teacher. Hands Off My Trans Students! | gadflyonthewallblog:

I’m a Public School teacher. Hands Off My Trans Students!

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I’m a public school teacher.
I have a lot of different girls and boys in my classes.
In fact, some of them are neither girls nor boys.
Does that mean they should be discriminated against? Does it mean we should judge them, tell them they’re somehow less valuable than the other kids? Tell them who they are by telling them where to pee?
Heck, No!
Some kids don’t feel comfortable with a traditional gender identity. And it’s more common than you’d think.
It’s certainly more widespread than I ever would have thought until a little girl taught me a lesson… well, not a little girl, really.
A few months ago, I would have said she’s the cutest little girl in the lunch line.I’m a Public School teacher. Hands Off My Trans Students! | gadflyonthewallblog:


State Law Protects Transgender Students’ Rights - Year 2017 (CA Dept of Education)

State Law Protects Transgender Students’ Rights - Year 2017 (CA Dept of Education):

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Reminds Californians that State Law Protects Transgender Students’ Rights


SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today reiterated his strong support for the rights of transgender students and reminded all Californians that state law requires public schools to allow students access to the restroom or locker room consistent with their gender identity.
“All students deserve a safe and supportive school environment. California will continue to work to provide that environment for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students regardless of any misguided directives by the federal government and the Trump administration,” Torlakson said.
Joint action by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice is expected to revoke federal guidelines adopted by the Obama administration in May 2016 to protect the rights of transgender students at schools by allowing them to use the bathrooms and locker rooms matching their chosen gender identity.
In 2013, California became the first state in the nation to enshrine certain rights for transgender K–12 students in state law, including the right to choose the bathroom or locker room consistent with their gender identity.
Torlakson said action announced by the White House does not roll back protections for California students and educators.
“California students will continue to have their civil rights protected,” he said. “In California we move forward, not backward.”
Governor Brown signed AB 1266 in 2013 and created protections for transgender students. The California Department of Education has information on this CDE Frequently Asked Questions Web page.

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5206, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100
State Law Protects Transgender Students’ Rights - Year 2017 (CA Dept of Education):

Episode 28: Are you a "Reformer" or an "Innovator?" | BustED Pencils

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Episode 28: Are you a "Reformer" or an "Innovator?"

Feature Interview: Angela Engel joins us to discuss the difference between reform and innovation in public schools.
Matt Damon’s Mom explores the possibility that Donald Trump might make education great again.
Blogger of the Week: Ron Giordan talks about his new blog democracydestroyed.com and his take on Betsy DeVos and IDEA.
Troy Laraviere on the Schools Our Children Deserve.
Trending News If Trump makes punk rock great again what can we expect for education?
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