County Executive Pushes Back On Transgender Student Policy
Back in August, Brian shared the story of Anne Arundel County Schools going “all in” on its transgender policy. Brian pointed out the key aspects of this radical policy for Anne Arundel students.
- Students can identify as whatever gender they want;
- Teachers have to call the students whatever names and pronouns that they want;
- Students must be allowed to use whatever rest rooms and locker rooms;
- Protections extend to overnight field trips, where students must be allowed to bunk with the gender that they most identify with (that specifically starts around minute 28 of the video), and that information cannot be shared with the parents of those other children.
- In a video (now removed) posted online, one AACPS staff members says “This is not about giving transgender kids special treatment, it’s about making sure they aren’t treated differently.”
The outcry to this policy has been significant. Now Anne Arundel County Executive is pushing back and sent the following letter to concerned citizens:
As you may know, our school system recently enacted a policy allowing transgender students to make their own choices about which bathrooms, locker rooms, and overnight field trips lodgings they will use and which sports teams they will play regardless of their biological gender. In other words, boys who believe themselves to be girls will be allowed to use girls bathrooms, locker rooms, and sleeping quarters and to play on all girls sports teams.
My administration supports the School Board’s objective that every child should be supported in reaching his or her full potential as a human being. We recognize that many children, including transgender students, face special challenges. We believe that all students facing challenges, including transgender students, should be offered reasonable accommodations. But the key word is reasonable. This policy is not only unnecessary and extreme; it infringes on the rights of other students. Girls have the right to privacy when they enter an all-girls facility and to compete only against other girls in athletic competitions. The same is true for boys.
And just as disturbing, parents and students had no public input on such a drastic policy change, and School Board members seem uninterested in allowing a public hearing on this new policy anytime soon.
We need to make our voices heard! I am asking everyone stand with us as we fight to make certain everyone gets a say in our children’s education.
If you want to get involved, please let the School Board know you want a say on this important public policy issue. You can call the Board at 410-222-5311. Or email individual board members here. Or attend the next School Board meeting on October 19th at 10:00 am, or the public meeting on November 19th at 7:00 pm to give testimony — anyone who wishes to speak is given two minutes.
The County Executive also provided the following letter to the Anne Arundel County Board of Education.
Sadly, as we at Red Maryland have lamented for years, Anne Arundel County does not have an elected school board. If this policy continues despite the public outcry against it, it will be another testament to why our county needs and deserves an elected school board.