Transgender Policy Round Table

UPDATED WEBINAR: replay of the May 20th, 2016 (12:00 EDT) Student Safety and Privacy Policy  Responses to May 13th DOE / DOJ Directive Regarding Facility Use Webinar 


our first ever Member Round Table Discussion. Where we share concerns, issues we are facing, and responses by our districts. 

When: Noon Eastern May 12th. 

Where: Goto Webinar- Archive here

This month's Topics: Transgender Policies 

Who: Bridget Ziegler (Sarasota) and Nancy Stacy (Marion) presented current and pending challenges and case law and co-facilitated a discussion. 



Governmental Agency Actions or opinions (chronological order)

Marion County Resolution: Explains that Title IX addresses discrimination based on "sex" but not gender identity 

DOE / DOJ "guidance" on Title IX  May 13th

Duval Draft Policy Student Safety and Privacy Policy  (introduced by Jason Fisher) May 19th


Legal cases or opinions:

 Arcadia Agreement

 Arcadia Letter OCR

 Broward Guidelines

 Downey Unified District Agreement

 Downey Unified School District Letter (OCR)

 GG v.  Goucester County School 

Illinois Agreement

Johnson v. University of Pittsburgh  


 Medical and scholarly articles on the topic:

American College of Pediatricians "Gender Ideology Harms Children"

 Gender Identity Disorder (GID)- DSM-IV - The DSM-IV estimates that 1 in 30 000 (0.003%) natal males and 1 in 100 000 natal females have GID (0.001%)* 

*  "estimates of GID in the general US population (4.3/100 000 persons). The rate of suicide-related events among GID-diagnosed VHA veterans was more than 20 times higher than were rates for the general VHA population" 

Gender Identity Disorder (Dysphoria) - DSM-V    Became Sole Diagnostic Criteria Oct 1, 2015

Co-morbidity of psychological disorders- 

Prevalence of Gender Identity Disorder and Suicide Risk Among Transgender Veterans Utilizing Veterans Health Administration Care, (2013) Am J Public Health v.103(10); Oct 2013 PMC3780758

Take away- As policy makers, we must consider these issues and have conversations about our local policies and practices before local control is lost. (May DOE / DOJ announcement was next day after this) 


Media Coverage: 


Keep Florida Learning Meeting

Keep Florida Learning Committee to Talk Education Standards in Tampa

June 11, 2015 - 6:00pm

The political buzz might be in Tallahassee for now, but the education buzz will be in Tampa next week as the committee meets that was designated to take a closer look at some of the hottest issues facing the state's education system.

The Keep Florida Learning committee will head to Tampa for its second meeting June 18-19. The two-day meeting will cover basics like the Sunshine Law, but committee members will be discussing the Florida Standards at the meeting as well. 

The KFL committee is a result of a promise made by Gov. Rick Scott during his re-election campaign last year.  Concerns over a variety of issues like testing, deregulation and education standards have only seemed to grow in recent years, and Scott was determined to prioritize pushing Florida's education system on the path to success. 

By December, Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart had announced the committee's formation -- after sorting through hundreds of applications, the final 10-member committee was formed in February. 

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Professional Liability Insurance for Teachers in Budget

From a Friend of the Coalition, Rep. Manny Diaz Jr.' s Facebook Page: "

Florida lawmakers voted to:

Expand Eligibility & More than Double Funding for Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts:

Increased funding for this program and expanded eligibility will give more students with special needs opportunities for better outcomes on their educational paths. Funding for PLSAs more than doubles the first-year investment from $18.4 million to $55 million, and eligibility is expanded to include Autism Spectrum Disorder, muscular dystrophy, and otherwise-eligible three and four year olds. Among other improvements made, lawmakers agreed to provide a three percent administrative fee (not deducted from student scholarships) to support the program’s operational costs and help ensure families have access to the information and administrative assistance they need to participate fully in this innovative program.

Give Teachers State-covered Liability Insurance Protection:

Florida’s full-time teachers will no longer have to pay to obtain liability insurance as they work to shape children's lives. Lawmakers voted for the state to purchase this protection for a relatively low cost per teacher, creating and funding the program as a benefit that allows educators to focus on teaching without having to worry about frivolous claims."

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FSBA Withdraws from Lawsuit

Travis Pillow at wrote a fantastic piece explaining how the FCSBM has influenced the conversation in education. 

School boards group eyes changes after school choice battle

Members of the Florida School Boards Association raise placards and vote to leave the lawsuit challenging the state's tax credit scholarship program.

Members of the Florida School Boards Association vote to leave the lawsuit challenging tax credit scholarships.

After pulling out of a lawsuit challenging Florida’s largest private school choice program, the group that represents the state’s school boards is looking to turn over a new leaf.

In the months after a lawsuit was filed challenging Florida’s largest private school choice program, the Florida School Boards Association saw would-be leaders beaten in elections, a group of pro-school choice members form a rival organization, and legislation that would have limited lawsuits by associations that receive public funds.

The day before the association’s board of directors voted leave

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