Delaware May Allow Schools to Change Children's Race & Gender Without Consent
New legislation will allow teachers rights to keep transgenderism secret from parents
Delaware is considering a new proposed education regulation that will allow schools to assist in "transitioning" a child's gender or race without having to consult with parents.
The new legislation will give teachers additional rights enabling them to switch children's race or gender without parental consent and keep the process hidden from families if they believe they "won't be supportive" with the transition.
Regulation 225 calls for official records on a student's race and gender to be sealed from parents allowing them to be "transracial" and "gender fluid" at school without "interference" from their home life.
The new bill has caused outrage among parents who feel their children will be encouraged to change their gender or race at an age when they feel the most confused about their identity, but not old enough to make life-changing decisions.
The new regulation will mean that "all students enrolled in a Delaware public school may self-identify gender or race," without guidance from their parents.
LSN reports: The regulation stipulates that students’ parents may only be notified of their child’s trans-race or transgender identification if they are “supportive of the student” and his or her confusion.
A school may request permission from the parent or legal guardian of a minor student before a self identified gender or race is accepted; provided, however, that prior to requesting the permission from a parent or legal guardian, the school should consult and work closely with the student to assess the degree to which, if any, the parent or legal guardian is aware of the Protected Characteristic and is supportive of the student, and the school shall take into consideration the safety, health and well-being of the student in deciding whether to request permission from the parent or legal guardian.
“Every parent should be outraged by this regulation,” said Nicole Theis, President of the Delaware Family Policy Council.
“It’s parents who oversee the care and protection of their children.”
Theis warned that parents who affirm their children’s biological sex and race would be “positioned as discriminatory through policies like Regulation 225.”
Social conservatives have asked why if one’s gender can be determined based on feelings rather than objective reality, age and race cannot be self-determined as well.
The sweeping regulation makes “gender identity or expression” and “sexual orientation” protected characteristics.
The rules would mandate that school counselors and employees “make reasonable effort to depict individuals with the various Protected Characteristic(s) as representatives in educational and career opportunities.”
The regulations would require schools to allow students to play on any sports team regardless of sex. Only an alleged female “gender identity” would be necessary for a boy to play on an all-female team.
The “student’s assigned sex at birth” would be irrelevant.
Sex education classes would be co-ed if a student’s “gender identity” didn’t match his or her real sex.
“A student shall have the opportunity to participate in the program of instruction dealing exclusively with human sexuality that is consistent with the student's gender identity regardless of the student's assigned sex at birth,” the guidelines say.
“School Districts and Charter Schools shall work with students and families” to ensure boys have access to girls’ locker rooms and vice versa, the regulations say.
Students will be able to access “locker rooms and bathrooms that correspond to [their] gender identity or expression.”
“It’s a safety and privacy concern when any student of any age, at any time, can claim or self-identify as the opposite gender and have access to the locker rooms, showers, restrooms, overnight accommodations, and any school activity, such as sports teams, that is gender specific,” said Theis.
“No federal law requires school districts to grant students access to facilities dedicated to the opposite sex,” she noted. “Yet, this is what Regulation 225 does.”
“No student should ever be pressured to undress, shower, or share overnight accommodations with individuals of the opposite sex,” concluded Theis.
“There is no recourse in situations like this,” because it would be considered “discriminatory.”
The Delaware Family Policy Council is urging the public to comment on this proposed regulation here.
Public comment is open until December 4, 2017.