Education

This week in the courts

On Monday Judge Mark R Hornak of the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania ruled that three transgender students had a "reasonable likelihood" of success in their argument that the Pine-Richland School District's decision last fall to require them to use bathrooms consistence with the sex on their birth certificates was unconstitutional, and hence granted them a preliminary injunction against that policy.

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Opposition from on high

Yahoo, Apple, Microsoft. More.

Criticism of Trump's anti-transgender maneuver has been swift and vocal.

It's destined to fall on deaf ears, however.

It's ultimately going to come down to the business community to stop it because it's so bad for business.

--Christopher Gergen, Forward Impact

The action taken by the administration is troubling and goes against all that we believe in.

--Yahoo

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Dripping Springs, TX: Parents stand behind targetted child

Interesting thing happened at the Dripping Springs ISD board meeting on Monday. A petition with 529 signatures was submitted to the school board in support of a transgender 3rd grader who attends Walnut Springs Elementary School.

The 9-year-old student was born a boy but identifies as a girl. Walnut Springs Elementary is now allowing her to use the girl's bathroom.

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Some walked away

Members of the Tufts sorority Alpha Omicron Pi recruited transgender woman this semester. A representative from the sorority's national headquarters told them this was going to be a problem.

They said that they didn't want us to extend her a bid, basically. They were like, 'Well, we're not saying you never could, we're just saying right now you can't.' I was really mad about this, as was the rest of the chapter, so we unanimously decided to give her a bid anyway.

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Transgender military dependent wins right to appropriate facilities

 photo blue_zps6larakej.jpgThe principal of Ramstein Intermediate School at Ramstein Air Force Base had planned on allowing an 11-year-old transgender fifth-grader named Blue to start using the girls restroom beginning the week of October 10.

But the superintendent of schools for the East Europe region of the Department of Defense Education Activity, Dr. Elizabeth Dunham overruled that decision "for reasons that remain unclear."

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