Thank you for your reporting on the transgender issue as it applies to school districts. (“School districts grapple with federal transgender guidelines,” News, June 1).
I was disappointed, however, in the comments from Mr. Keen, a Riverside-Brookfield High School board member. He called the letter sent by the federal government to school districts across the country about this issue an example of federal “overreaching.” I could not disagree more vehemently. It was merely a reminder to follow Title IX regulations when it comes to treating all students equally.
As a longtime and recently retired teacher at RBHS, I felt proud that the federal government took the time to reteach this lesson. It was not so long ago that I was ridiculed at a faculty meeting for asking the administration to institute a chapter of the Gay-Straight Alliance at RBHS shortly after Oak Park and River Forest High School started one. I was told “no” and was also told that “Riverside is not Oak Park.”
It was not so long ago that a gay RBHS student sued the district for ill treatment. And it was very recently when RBHS students so eloquently pleaded with the school board not to cancel the Gay-Straight Alliance club (yes, they finally started this club) after slashing half of the clubs in the district. I suppose that after the lawsuit, having this club seemed like a pretty good idea.
After reading about what is going on with this issue in the state of North Carolina, I am surprised that Mr. Keen thinks that the federal government should stay out of it. That would be an abrogation of duty.
Sometimes we all need reminding of our historical values,