A parents rights group has published a list of 168 pro-"transgender" school districts serving more than 3 million students nationwide that have policies purposely hiding students' "transitioning" status from their parents in the name of "gender affirmation."
The noncomprehensive list of school districts was created by Parents Defending Education, or PDE, based in Virginia, and reveals the astonishing degree to which public school administrators, teachers and support staff in so many jurisdictions are committed to advancing the youth "transgender" agenda — including using the latest "woke" lingo to describe trans students' "gender-expansive status."
Typical is the "gender-affirming" policy published by the Anacortes School District in Washington State (shown in above graphic). Its policy reads:
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"Before communicating with parents of transgender or gender expansive students, it’s important to ask the student how school employees should refer to the student when talking with their parents and guardians. For
families who are supportive, using the student’s name and pronoun could be affirming for the student. For parents who are not supportive, or who are not aware of the student’s [gender] transition at school, referring to their [new, opposite-sex trans] name and [opposite-sex] pronoun could be very dangerous. The district will not condone the intentional or persistent refusal to respect a student’s gender identity or gender expression, or inappropriate release of information regarding a student’s transgender or gender-expansive status."
PDE's president, Nicole Neily, told the Post the list “only begins to scratch the surface of what is taking place behind closed doors in America’s schools.”
“This investigation shows that parental exclusion policies are a problem from coast-to-coast — and that living in a red state doesn’t mean that families are automatically shielded from this issue,” Neily said. "Without a doubt, there are hundreds (if not thousands) of others with similar policies on the books. We urge everyone to keep an eye out — and to let us know if they find something similar in their backyard."
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The PDE report builds on a rapidly expanding movement of mostly moms, but many dads, too, who are fighting left-wing social bias in schools. The intensity of this movement has become a potent political force, with observers on both the left and right citing it as a major factor in the surprise election of Republican Glenn Youngkin as governor of Virginia in 2021.
There are no Ohio schools on the Parents Defending Education list, although the phenomenon of administrators and teachers hiding a student's "trans" identity from his or her parents is a big problem in the midwestern state, according to pro-family activist Lindy Harvey, founder and president of Columbus, Ohio-based Mission America.
Harvey, who has been fighting LGBT propaganda and bias in schools for three decades, told WND, "Here in Ohio, we know of numerous schools hiding this information from parents, and it's been amazing how many specific instances we have heard of through Mission America and Protect Ohio Children," where she serves as a board member.
She pointed to a map on Protect Ohio Children's website that similarly "lists many of the state's schools that have this policy," as well as other leftist educational fads such as teaching Critical Race Theory, or CRT.
Mary Locke, a parent's rights activist in Federal Way, Washington, told WND that she is not surprised by PDE's findings, based on her experience researching schools' one-sided, pro-LGBT policies in her deep-blue state.
"I would guess that all the schools, or at least a vast majority, have similar policies. I'd bet they did a 'copy and paste' from the GLSEN [Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network] website." she said, referring to the leading national homosexual-bisexual-transgender activist group influencing schools. (GLSEN and other homosexual- and transgender-activist organizations have for decades used the threat of suicide among youth — often citing tendentious research — as a means to advance their agenda of demanding that schools actively affirm LGBT identities and behaviors.)
As if to accentuate the issue of secrecy surrounding children's sexual and "gender identities," GLSEN's site, like many pro-LGBT websites these days, has a "quick exit" feature so underage users can ostensibly get off the site quickly before a potentially disapproving authority figure — i.e., a parent — discovers the child looking at an LGBT site. GLSEN tells users that they can quickly exit the site by "pressing the Escape key three times."
"Pro-GLSEN teachers have access to a captive audience, children, in countless public schools. The homosexual-transgender lobby owns the public schools," Locke said.
She pointed to a Federal Way Public Schools "Resource Guide" titled, "Working with Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Students and Staff," which pushes the same "trans-student privacy" agenda as the schools listed by PDE. (Federal Way is not on the PDE list.) On page 22, it reads:
"Should schools inform staff, students, or parents about a student’s transgender status?
"Information about a student’s transgender status, legal name, or gender assigned at birth may constitute confidential medical or education information. Disclosing this information to other students, their parents, or other third parties may violate privacy laws, such as the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 C.F.R. Part 99). School staff should not disclose information that may reveal a student’s transgender status to others, including parents and other school staff, unless legally required to do so or unless the student has authorized such disclosure."
Harvey of Mission America told WND: "There is no worse betrayal by a school than to withhold from parents vital information about their child that could change that child's life forever. If I were a parent of a student today, and this were happening with my child, there would be no limit to the number of lawyers I would call to file as many suits as I could against that school system."
The New York Post cites Vernadette Broyles of the conservative Child and Parental Rights Campaign, which is fighting legal battles against school districts and transgender clinics "alike to stop policies that keep parents in the dark."
Broyles told the Post that trans-privacy guidance of the sort evidenced by the PDE report "violates parents' right to privacy as codified in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, as well as parents’ 14th Amendment rights."
The Post citied Broyles' comment to the Washington Free Beacon last year, in which she said, "Privacy rights are held by the parents for the child, not by the child against their parents,” adding that school administrators and teachers are engaging in “intentional obfuscation, driving a wedge between children and parents at a time when children need their parents most.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: Long the world’s most Christian nation, America today is being taken over by a new “official” national religion, one being imposed on the entire populace by every major societal institution, from government, media and big tech, to academia, entertainment and business.
This new state religion is Wokeism. “Going woke” conjures up visions of someone claiming to be acutely sensitive (“awake”) to “systemic social and political injustice.” And not just alleged bigotry against blacks, but toward every other “minority” as well, from LGBT folk – especially everything transgender and “nonbinary” – to “undocumented immigrants.” All of them, being VICTIMS, intrinsically more virtuous than the shameful oppressor class: primarily heterosexual white males.
This new “woke” consciousness has turned America upside-down – from the nationwide Antifa and Black Lives Matter riots in 2020, to tearing down of historic monuments, to demanding multi-million-dollar reparation payments for blacks, to appointing transgenders as top government officials, to rampant reverse discrimination in every area of life, to the U.S. military imposing mandatory “diversity training” and transgender pronoun use on all personnel, causing recruitment to disastrously plummet.
Yet there is hope. Being “saved” – which in Wokeism is called being “woke” – is largely a matter of worshipping victimhood by becoming an “ally” and “defender” of all the many victim classes, and a determined enemy of the straight white male oppressor class. Thus, “joining the righteous” as an ally – even if one is cursed to be a straight white male – opens the door mercifully for salvation, even to the most wretched.
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