A school district near Chicago, Palatine 211, provides numerous accommodations for transgender students, The Daily Signal reports.
The district calls the students by requested names, honors selected gender (including allowing them to play on the sports teams of the gender they identify as belonging to), and permits them to use single-sex bathrooms, since stalls ensure privacy. But the federal government has decided that the district is still guilty of violating Title IX, the law prohibiting sex-based discrimination, over certain locker room restrictions.
“District 211 is not excluding transgender students from their gender-identified locker room,” said district superintendent Daniel Cates in a statement. “Though our position has been inaccurately reported, a transgender student may use his or her gender-identified locker room simply by utilizing individual measures of privacy when changing clothes or taking showers.”
That’s unacceptable to the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights. “All students deserve the opportunity to participate equally in school programs and activities—this is a basic civil right. Unfortunately, Township High School District 211 is not following the law because the district continues to deny a female student the right to use the girls’ locker room,” said Catherine Lhamon, assistant secretary for civil rights at the Department of Education, in a statement.
According to the Associated Press, “District 211 has 30 days to change the policy, or risk losing millions in federal funding.”
(Editor’s note: This amounts to sexual harassment by the federal government. These politically correct bureaucrats would force female students to take showers with teenage boys who say they are girls. This is madness.)