"WHEREAS, [Marion County Public Schools] students are minors, in the majority, who are entitled to education and care in a safe and protective environment; and WHEREAS, male and female users of MCPS single-sex facilities reasonably expect not to be exposed to persons of the opposite sex while using those facilities; and WHEREAS, persons who are transgender, gender nonconforming, gender fluid, and/or gender independent are not a protected class under federal or state law or MCPS policies; and WHEREAS, neither federal nor state law prohibit MCPS from restricting single-sex facilities to use by persons of a designated sex."As the Star-Banner points out, the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights has "ruled that transgender students should be allowed to chose their gender-specific bathroom." The school board's meeting will be today, April 26 at 5:30 p.m. at 512 SE Third Street in Ocala.
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