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The administration of Delaware Gov. John Carney, a Democrat, has reversed a prior policy proposal that would have allowed children to identify as transgender at school without notifying their parents or obtaining their permission.
Delaware education secretary Susan Bunting reversed course after reviewing some 11,000 comments, the majority opposed to the original provision that was termed an “anti-discrimination” policy.
Bunting’s office said the new version of the policy:
- Removes the provision that allowed students to make changes on how they were identified without parental involvement and adds a requirement of parental notification and permission; and
- Substitutes the state’s suggested model policy for a guidance document to assist districts and charters in creating local policies.
The article goes on to state the following:
The original transgender provision was drafted by a panel consisting of educators, parents, and advocates appointed by Bunting.
In response to the overwhelming number of comments opposed to the original policy, Bunting also changed the purpose of the policy from one that would serve as a model that all school districts in the state would be urged to adopt, to one simply providing “guidance to assist school districts and charter schools in creating an anti-discrimination policy.”
Breitbart also reported:
The new policy states:
A school shall request permission from the parent or legal guardian before accommodating a request by a minor student that the school take action to recognize a change in any Protected Characteristic. Prior to requesting such permission, to safeguard the health, safety and well-being of the student, the school shall discuss with the student the permission process and, based on its discussions with the student, assess the degree to which the parent or legal guardian is aware of the change to the Protected Characteristic. If the student does not permit the school to request permission from the parent or legal guardian, then the request to take action shall not be accepted.
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When one parent speaks up, another parent is emboldened to do the same. On and on it goes until thousands have the courage to say gender identity is a lie that hurts children.
And that’s when school officials start listening.#SpeakUp #ShareCourage
— Emily Zinos (@emily_zinos) June 3, 2018
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