The Fairfax county School Board revised their Nondiscrimination Policy 1459, to include gender identity May 7th.
The historic meeting was held in Luther Jackson Middle School where the county’s black students were bused after desegregation. Fairfax county resisted racial segregation until 1965.
Fairfax county was still racially segregated when this author was 7 years old.
Sadly, many are still fighting integration as documented by the video of the meeting embedded below.
“The decision by the School Board to add “gender identity” to our nondiscrimination policy is to provide an environment which promotes equality where every student and employee is treated with dignity and respect. This tells our students and staff that school and the FCPS workplace are places where they can be safe from harassment and discrimination.The School Board has taken this proactive step to protect our students and staff from discrimination.”
On March 4, 2015, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said local school boards have the authority under state law to include gender identity in their non-discrimination policies. The U.S. Department of Education has told school districts that transgender students are protected from discrimination under Title IX and has recently required some school districts including Alexandria, Virginia, to amend their policies to expressly include gender identity.”
“No decisions have yet been made regarding accommodations that will be provided, under the revised policy. Our next step will be to hire a consultant to assist in developing appropriate regulations that protect the rights of all students and comply with state and federal law.” “As decisions are made about how best to protect our students and staff from discrimination, we will take great care to protect the rights and to provide for the needs of all students. FCPS will continue to provide the highest quality education for all students in safe and caring school communities.”
“As decisions are made about how best to protect our students and staff from discrimination, we will take great care to protect the rights and to provide for the needs of all students. FCPS will continue to provide the highest quality education for all students in safe and caring school communities.”
The The Washington post reports “The School Board voted 10 to 1 with one abstention to add “gender identity” to its non-discrimination policy, two months after Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring (D) issued an opinion granting local school boards the authority to expand protections to transgender people.” Ten people were scheduled to speak during the public commentary period.
Ten people were scheduled to speak during the public commentary period. Casey Mattox senior counsel with the known hate group alliance defending freedom (ADF) was substituted unbenounced by a parent as he took the podium.
Potty stupid, stupid potty man.
Many spoke in favor of the amendment. One a UU minister noted how fear was the driving force behind those in opposition. Her bold statement was greeted with a gasp as the fear mongers outed, responded in anger.
The crowd became increasingly disruptive and loud as Board member Ryan McElveen recalled that the day transgender inclusion would be voted on is also the 50th anniversary of desegregation in Fairfax county.
The only board member to vote against the amendment was Elizabeth Schultz. She stated that “This issue wasn’t bathrooms but the ‘rights of 99.7% of ALL students rights to privacy safety and dignity.
School Board member Elizabeth Schultz, all means all not a percentage, or the ones you care about. You may not segregate any percentage of the student population simply because you fear and loath them. Your job is to insure 100% of the district’s school children have the same opportunity and that they ALL are treated with dignity and respect.
There has never been a single incident of a trans person acting inappropriately in any of the states, counties or school districts where trans-inclusive policies have been enacted.
The meeting became increasingly rancorous. Board Chair Tamara Derenak Kaufax warned these bullies that they would be escorted out.
Eventually, she threatened to clear the room as the haters became unmanageable.
Tod Stearns beat the fear drum on Fox news publishing an opinion that the federal government is ‘forcing’ transgender helpful policies on school. Starnes did not offer any evidence to support his claims and as he always does he deferred to hate groups to support his commentary.
Watch on youtube. The transgender debate begins at the 31 minute mark.Click here to watch the video of the meeting