This occurred after an appeals panel of three federal judges from the U. Gloucester County School Board. The appeals panel held for the first time that a federal law, Title IX, which was enacted to prevent sex discrimination in the allocation of federal education funding, now also applies to transgender students. I have heard from quite a number of citizens who are sincerely distressed by these developments. They are justifiably perplexed by the notion that unelected federal judges and bureaucrats would have the audacity to skirt the federal and state legislative processes and employ administrative dictates to rewrite federal law and overturn state laws and policies embodying ancient traditions and morals concerning the natural differences between the sexes. Those who raise their voices to question such an anti-democratic exercise are rightfully incensed that they are labeled as hateful and bigoted.
How School Bathroom Policies Got From There to Here > National Conference of State Legislatures
AP -- A Tennessee bill that would have required the state attorney general's office to defend local school districts over their bathroom policies for transgender students appears dead for the year. The measure failed to make it out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday amid concerns that it could prove costly. One of the provisions of the bill allowed school districts to use private attorneys if the state attorney general's office didn't want to take the case. Some lawmakers saw it as a gift to lawyers at the expense of taxpayers. LGBT advocates have said the bill was meant to embolden school boards to pass policies that discriminate against transgender students knowing the state would provide for the legal defense if they were sued.
Girl's statement on South Fort Myers High School football players sex incident
In the decision, the judge found that the guidance had the effect of law and that it contradicts existing laws and rules. The judge also found that guidance was issued without giving states adequate notice or opportunity to comment. It is unclear how these actions will impact the outcomes of other current court cases, as these are just the latest in a string of legal and legislative actions impacting school bathroom access for transgender students. Here is a timeline with information to help give context to last weeks actions:
Last year, multiple football players had sex with a year-old girl inside the school's restroom. For the first time, we're hearing how the girl involved describes what happened in her written statement to school administrators. Last year, the Lee County Sheriff's Office's report on the incident said the girl admitted to having sex with multiple male students in the bathroom, but her statement raises questions about if the sex was consensual. In the statement, the girl told administrators a student wanted to speak with her in the bathroom.