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Published On: Tue, May 31st, 2016

Fort Worth Superintendent Dr. Kent Scribner details transgender policy, causes outrage over privacy, excluding parents

Texas is also battling the “transgender movement” and the invasion or disregard for students’ privacy as laws/rules are being written to accommodate the “gender fluid.” In Fort Worth, Dr. Kent Scribner and his executive team created the new transgender student guidelines through the use of “administrative regulations,” a rule-making process that does not require action by the publicly elected Board of Trustees.

The new guidelines make it plain that parents are on a strictly “need-to-know” basis, and that “notifying a parent or guardian carries risks for the student in some cases.”

“I’m proud of these guidelines,” Scribner told the press after the policies were made public. “I think they provide educators with the ability to make all students more comfortable and confident in a learning environment.”

photo John Hain

photo John Hain

In fact, without the need for a vote by the Board, there was no organized forum for an open debate on the merits of the new policies. Now parents are calling for Scribner’s resignation.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick called for Scribner to resign over the new rules; the next day, Attorney General Ken Paxton sent the district a letter criticizing the federal government and stating he has a “strong concern” the rules breaks state education law.

“Without any discussion with parents, board members, principals, and other community leaders, Dr. Scribner’s unilateral action underscores this lack of fitness to hold his position as superintendent,” Patrick said in a prepared statement. “I call upon the parents within the Fort Worth ISD to take immediate steps to repeal this stealthy scheme and remove Dr. Scribner from his post.”

Transgender students will now be able to use the bathroom and locker room of their choice, the policy stated, and teachers are to address them by the pronoun that corresponds to their gender identity.

Teachers and counselors must also act as “designated allies” of transgender students, according to the policy, meaning they should share information about a child’s gender identity or decision to transition only if allowed by the student or on a need-to-know basis.

“All students have a right to privacy,” the policy stated. “This includes sharing information with the student’s parent or guardian.”

The policy also extends to such issues as dress code, recordkeeping and athletics, and encourages all staff to “ensure the health and safety of all students, prevent discrimination and bullying, foster a conducive learning environment for all students, and provide equal access and opportunity to participate in all programs and activities.”

 

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- Catherine "Kaye" Wonderhouse, a proud descendant of the Wunderhaus family is the Colorado Correspondent who will add more coverage, interviews and reports from this midwest area.

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