NSBA Statement Regarding Guidance from Departments of Justice and Education

May 13, 2016

National School Boards Association Statement Regarding Guidance from Departments of Justice and Education

Alexandria, Va. (May 13, 2016) - “The National School Boards Association (NSBA) and its members are committed to protecting students and ensuring they have equal opportunity to receive the best education possible and fulfill their potential.

“We believe education is a civil right and that students learn best in safe learning environments. Students and school staff should not be subjected to discrimination on any basis. School board members, as community leaders, play a key role in promoting productive dialogue about diversity, including gender identity. NSBA looks forward to working with school boards to lead their communities in modelling and encouraging inclusive thinking and behavior, considering credible and balanced information on the issue of gender identity to ultimately create a positive change.

“On April 10, NSBA issued a comprehensive guide, “Transgender Students in Schools,” to help school districts navigate the unsettled law on gender identity and Title IX. Decisions impacting the day-to-day activities within our nation’s schools are inherently local and NSBA’s guidance seeks to inform those local decisions by clarifying existing law. The guidance issued today by the Departments of Education and Justice adds another voice to an ongoing conversation about how gender identity is addressed, and expresses an interpretation of Title IX that is unsettled law.  A dispute about the intent of the federal law must ultimately be resolved by the courts and the Congress.” 

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