Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin is reversing how the state treats transgender students — issuing a requirement that they use bathrooms and locker rooms based on their biological gender.
Republicans rolled back changes made by their predecessor, which affected everything from bathroom use to pronouns.
rewritten ruleWhich will take effect after a 30-day public comment period, it also says that minors must be called by the names and pronouns listed on their official records – unless the parent gives the OK for something else.
“Model Policies on Privacy, Dignity, and Respect for All Students and Parents in Virginia Public Schools by 2022” posted online on friday by the Virginia Department of Education.
New policies stand against changes which took effect last year It allowed children to use names, pronouns and bathrooms that align with their gender identities and urged schools to decide on a “case-by-case” basis whether student genders with their parents Identity information is shared.
Critics criticized the change in Youngkin policy, with Democratic Representative Mike Mullin tweeting that the new rule calls for “misrepresentation and exclusion of children in schools where they are considered safe. Absolutely shameful.”
Senate Democrats said in a joint statement, the changes are an “outright violation of Virginian civil rights.”
The new policy also urges teachers to “respect” students.
“The policies of the school division shall therefore enforce the requirements of the Act in such a way as to ensure that no student is discriminated against or harassed on the basis of his/her gender. To this end, local school division policies will enforce the requirements of the Act in a way that demonstrates respect for each student,” according to the document.
post with wires