Ann Marie Bush, Communications Specialist (785) 296-7921
June 14, 2016
Kansas State Board of Education statement in response to “Dear Colleague” letter on Title IX federal guidance
The Kansas State Board of Education believes that every child has the right to a high quality education delivered within a safe, inclusive and supportive school system.
In Kansas, like many other states, our schools have been addressing transgender student needs with sensitivity and success for many years. Just as every child is unique, so too is every school community. With that understanding, we are firm in our belief that decisions about the care, safety and well-being of all students are best made by the local school district based on the needs and desires of the students, parents and communities they serve.
The recent directive from the civil rights offices of the United States Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice regarding the treatment of transgender students removes the local control needed to effectively address this sensitive issue. We must continue to provide our schools the flexibility needed to work with their students, families and communities to effectively address the needs of the students they serve.
It is moved that the Kansas State Board of Education adopt this statement as its formal position regarding the Title IX federal guidance outlined in the “Dear Colleague” letter issued by the civil rights offices of the United States Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice on May 13, 2016.
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