DALLAS (AP) – The school district that triggered a passionate debate when it announced restroom guidelines for transgender students is pledging to work more closely with parents on matters affecting LGBT children.
Fort Worth Superintendent Kent Scribner said Wednesday that transgender guidelines have been condensed and that each student will be handled on a “case-by-case basis.”
Earlier guidelines noted that transitioning to a different gender is a private matter and that students could choose whether to have their parents involved. Scribner now says parents will be brought into the fold earlier, unless it would prove harmful to a child.
“The primary difference is these guidelines focus on parent communication. Parent rights and responsibilities,” said Scribner. “We want to make sure that both transgender and non-transgender students are safe and comfortable.”
Attorney General Ken Paxton had earlier criticized the state’s sixth-largest school district but in a statement Wednesday he praised it for taking steps to comply with state law.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton who once blasted Dr. Scribner for his previous policy is now commending him for changing course and including parents in the discussion.
“I applaud the Forth Worth independent school district for revising it’s guidelines to ensure it complies with the state law and my recent attorney general opinion,” said Paxton in a statement.
Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, who brought the issue to the forefront earlier this year said in a statement:
“Today’s decision by the Fort Worth Independent School District is a victory for parents’ rights and student safety. I am pleased the FWISD superintendent and school board have listened to parents in the school district and pulled down their existing transgender policy.”
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