Illinois School Begins Working Back Toward Transgender Inclusion

Illinois’s East Aurora School District passed a transgender-inclusive policy last month, then after criticism from a hate group, rescinded it a few days later. Fortunately, the district has not abandoned trans students entirely; last night it held the first meeting of its new ad hoc committee to create a new replacement policy to protect gender non-conforming students. Such a measure will likely not be adopted until well into 2013, but committee chair Anita Lewis says there is no debate whether it’s the right policy, “it’s about how we do it.” It’s unclear why the right policy wasn’t simply kept in place, nor how else it might be implemented.