Transgender protection for students draws criticism
Delaware State News
by Matt Bittle
November 09, 2017
DOVER — A proposed regulation that would allow students to self-identify their gender and race is being met with resistance, primarily from Republicans.
Created by the Department of Education at the directive of Gov. John Carney, the regulation is part of an anti-discrimination policy focused on supporting transgender students. It expands the existing anti-discrimination statute and adds gender identity to the list of protected classes.
Among the portions of the regulation is language that would allow any student in a public school to go by a preferred name, require schools to accommodate all students in regard to bathrooms and locker rooms and let students identify themselves as any race and gender, potentially without parental consent.
It’s the parental consent section that is arguably the most controversial.
The regulation states, in part, “A school may request permission from the parent or legal guardian of a minor student before a self-identified gender or race is accepted; provided, however, that prior to requesting the permission from a parent or legal guardian, the school should consult and work closely with the student to assess the degree to which, if any, the parent or legal guardian is aware of the Protected Characteristic and is supportive of the student, and the school shall take into consideration the safety, health and well-being of the student in deciding whether to request permission from the parent or legal guardian.”