Accommodating Transgender Students with Nathan Smith of GLSEN
"One of the things that we've seen is that for several years the administration has said transgender students are protected under Title IX, which is the federal law that protects on the basis of sex in schools."
This year many states have considered and in some cases enacted state laws that specifically target transgender students, in particular by preventing them from using the restrooms that correspond with their gender identity. According GLSEN's 2013 National School Climate Survey, transgender students face discrimination and harassment in school and 75% of those who participated in the study say they feel unsafe at school. A conversation with Nathan Smith,?Nathan Smith,?the director of public policy?for GLSEN,?the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight?Education Network.
Smith stated, "One of the things that we've?seen is that for several years?the administration?has said transgender students?are protected under Title IX,?which is the federal law?that protects on the basis of sex in schools. But they just released guidance?that just came out a month ago?that they sent to all school?districts across the country?clarifying what that actually?means and what those districts?need to do to be?in compliance with Title IX."
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