Equity & Diversity

Podcast: What a Federal Policy Shift Means for Transgender Students and Schools

By Evie Blad — March 01, 2017 1 min read

The U.S. departments of Justice and Education recently rescinded Obama-era guidance on the rights of transgender students, lifting federal enforcement of a policy that required schools to:


  • Allow transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their gender identity, even if it differs from their biological sex;
  • Use students’ preferred pronouns and names on school forms;
  • Keep students’ transgender status private unless they wish to disclose it; and
  • Honor a student’s gender identity in assigning them to sex-segregated classes and activities.

I recently discussed the issue on the Education Writers Association’s EWA Radio podcast. Check out the episode below.

For more on the issue, check out these related Education Week stories or explore our video gallery on the transgender student experience.


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