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KSB Moves Toward Consensus on Transgender Student Rights

Oct. 9, 2019 8:15p

(WGTD)---The Kenosha School Board moved closer Wednesday night toward finalizing a rights policy for transgender students.

Meeting in an informal work session, board members affirmed an earlier consensus to permit transgender students to use the restroom of their gender identity. Locker room usage would be addressed on a case-by-case basis, although the policy as written tilts in favor of transgender students' preferences.

Te board spent much of the meeting discussing overnight field trip accommodations. 

A previously drafted policy was scrapped in order to adopt a modified version of what's in place in the Madison Metropolitan School District. In Madison, transgender students may room with students of their gender identity with parental input. Kenosha board members seemed to favor a policy with stronger parental involvement.

Board attorney Ron Stadler pointed out that the issue is complicated in part because school districts can't disclose a student's gender identity to the parents of other students who'd be on the trip.  

The board is expected to finalize the policy at a regularly-scheduled meeting. 

The board's adoption of any policy on transgender rights is is noteworthy in part because it unsuccessfully fought against such a thing in federal court.