K-12 School Agrees to Gender Inclusion Policy With No Notice or ‘Opt Out’ for Parents

source: http://dailysignal.com/2017/08/08/k-12-school-agrees-to-gender-inclusion-policy-with-no-notice-or-opt-out-option-for-parents/

After facing a lawsuit over its treatment of a kindergartener who identifies as transgender, a nationally recognized public charter school in Minnesota has agreed to adopt a far-reaching inclusionary policy.

The school also agreed to pay the child’s parents $120,000.

In the settlement, Nova Classical Academy promised to establish a gender inclusion policy that doesn’t allow parents to opt out “based on religious or conscience objections,” and also “not [to] call parents’ or guardians’ attention to the policy.”

The agreement ends a 16-month legal battle between the charter school and David and Hannah Edwards, parents of a child who was born male but presents as a girl.

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The Edwardses filed a complaint against Nova Classical Academy, in St. Paul, Minnesota, claiming the school “failed to protect their child and other gender nonconforming and transgender students at Nova from persistent gender-based bullying and hostility.”

They also claimed the school “denied their child the ability to undergo a gender transition at Nova in a safe and timely way.”

Their lawsuit, filed March 24, 2016, said the school violated two laws, the Minnesota Human Rights Act and the St. Paul Human Rights Ordinance.

Gender Justice, a nonprofit legal and advocacy organization for LGBT individuals, represented the Edwardses in the suit against Nova Classical Academy.