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The Minnesota Department of Education has created a toolkit to support transgender and gender-nonconforming students.

The School Safety Technical Assistance Council, the department's advisory council on bullying prevention and intervention efforts, voted last week to approve the dissemination of formal guidance to Minnesota's public and charter schools for creating inclusive environments for transgender and gender-nonconforming students.

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Forward motion

With the US House acting like the Texas Senate and the Texas Senate moving like they can't punish transgender people fast enough for daring to exist, I just had to go looking for something a bit more positive.

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The new DoE transgender guideline and the resulting confusion

When the Trump Administration's Department of Education and Department of Justice jointly revoked the Obama administration's guideline on the protection and treatment of transgender students in the country's schools, Betsy DeVos said that transgender students would still have civil rights protections and that the DoE would be releasing an update on how that would be implemented.

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Action in the Fourth District

Recall that SCOTUS sent the case Grimm v Gloucester County School Board back to the Fourth District after the Trump DOJ and DOE withdrew interpretation of Title IX protections against discrimination from transgender students.

The Supreme Court ordered the 4th Circuit to reconsider the lawsuit, forcing Grimm’s lawyers to argue that Title IX’s protections against sex discrimination inherently prohibit discrimination against transgender students based on their gender identity.

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They can graduate, but not serve

They can graduate, but not serve

There is currently a transgender cadet at each of the Air Force Academy and at West Point, who are set to graduate if they pass their final exams.

Unlike the vast number of other cadets graduating, these two will not be commissioned as officers because the Pentagon has not yet established a policy for accepting new transgender troops.'

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The past always comes back

I spent 36 years as a teacher. I started as a graduate teaching fellow at the University of Oregon, where I spent 5 years teaching first year college mathematics. After receiving my PhD, I spent three years at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. That was not a productive three years since both my parents died during that time. So I moved on to the University of Central Arkansas, where I taught for 16 years. My final dozen years of teaching was done at Bloomfield College in Bloomfield, NJ.

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In lieu of federal protection

At a time when the federal government is bent on reducing, if anything, protections for people considered to be "outside the norm," it is important for states and local institutions to step up to fill the void.

In Connecticut the Board of Regents has adopted two new policies in order to implement an executive order issued by Governor Malloy this past February.

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