Public Schools Must Allow Transgender Students

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Issues in Literature #1 According to Blad and Maxwell (May 12, 2016), “Public schools must allow transgender students to use the restrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity, the Obama administration announced Friday in a letter to the nation 's school districts.” This is in response to a legal battle over a North Carolina law that requires public school boards in the state to restrict which restrooms and locker rooms transgender students can use at school. United States Secretary of Education, John B. King Jr. cites the 1972 federal law Title IX as justification for their position. That law states that: No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. When a student, parent, or guardian informs the school of their chosen gender identity or change of identity; the school is required to treat the student in accordance to with gender identification. As cited by Blad and Maxwell (May 12, 2016), “The National Association of Secondary School Principals praised the guidance.” There have been multiple lawsuits that challenge Virginia, North Carolina, and Illinois that prompted the Department of Education to send out their position statement to over 14,000 public schools across the country. Inevitably, there will be a backlash towards this policy in traditionally conservative areas of the country. The Title IX law is open to great interpretation and the enforcement will be left to local control. However, refusal follow the directive could result in the possibility of losing federal funding. Already, the Lieutenant Governor of T... ... middle of paper ... ...their students and staff. This reflective action will, also, point school leadership to look at their own practice. When the principal demonstrates the ability to combined theory with practice, greater staff acceptance takes places. Summary The ability of the principal to cultivate leadership within their school is a multifaceted living system. Consistent attention to the participates wants and needs necessitates a unified effort throughout the entire school. The two relative issues presented, demonstrate that vast array of affairs that impact our educational process. While completely different in their subject matter they both impact the culture of the school. As with most school dilemmas, they are either internally or externally driven and the school leader must be prepared to tackle either task proactively with the cultivation of the school’s leadership.
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