Bombshell Report: Thousands of schools have policies to avoid notifying parents of student’s gender identity

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A recent deep dive into public school district policies revealed that more than 1,000 districts across the US have active policies in place that state district personnel can and/or should keep student’s transgender status from the student’s parents.

The group performing the investigation, Parents Defending Education (PDE), says that the number could actually be higher than the 1,040 districts that they currently identify.

“This list is not comprehensive; if you are aware of a district policy that is not on the list, please notify PDE here,” they said on their website.

The districts currently on the list account for more than 18,000 schools and almost 11 million students. More than half (57%) of the districts are located in California, totaling 593 districts. Incidentally, the state has 944 districts.

New Jersey came in second with 131 districts out of 600 that have adopted the policies in question.
So far, 37 states and the District of Columbia have made the list for having at least one district adhering to what is called “Transgender/Gender Nonconforming Policies.”

The state of Washington recently passed a law allowing certain groups to physically hide “transitioning” kids from their parents. While schools are not specifically listed, 50 of their 295 districts also abide by the gender policies that the PDE found.

According to the Washington Stand, these very policies are controversial and are being settled in courts, and often, not in the favor of parental rights.

“A recent example of the ongoing controversy may be found in New Jersey, where a state judge last week blocked a trio of school districts from enforcing a policy requiring faculty and staff to inform parents of students’ gender identities at school, effectively forcing the school districts to keep parents in the dark," the Stand stated. "The judge wrote that the policies, ‘if implemented, will have a disparate impact on transgender, gender nonconforming, and nonbinary youth.’ Those policies would require teachers, coaches, and other staff to inform a student’s parents if that student used a bathroom that didn’t correspond to their biological sex, requested different pronouns be used in addressing them, or asking to play on a sports team that didn’t correspond to their biological sex.”

Stacy Langton, founder of Mama Grizzly, says that these guidelines and policies are nothing more than ideology “rooted in the sexual grooming of children by teachers.”

Family Research Council’s senior fellow for Education Studies, Meg Kilgannon, weighed in on the investigation by PDE that brought these school districts out into the open.

“I am grateful to Parents Defending Education for their attempt to quantify this problem. It is important to support with evidence what many parents know by instinct or experience: our educational system that is supposed to work with parents will often work around parents instead,” she told the Washington Stand. “At this point, parents need to assume they will be deceived by their school if their child makes a gender identity declaration to a teacher or counselor at school.”
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