Only one school board member, Elizabeth Schultz, bravely voted against this policy, despite the fact that there is no policy written or verbage being voted on. Instead, a "consultant" will be hired by the district. Clearly, all the liberals who voted for this have a future in Congress under Nancy Pelosi's "we have to pass it to find out what's in it" as their party leader.
Even worse was the stealth manner in which the district wanted to change the policy, in an effort to do it under the radar.
Fox News' Todd Starnes has more background:
The Fairfax County Public Schools School Board voted Thursday night to add "gender identity" to its nondiscrimination policy in spite of massive opposition from parents and the area’s religious community.
Police were summoned to control a standing-room-only crowd as board members approved the controversial measure.
...A plan to add “gender identity” to a Virginia school’s nondiscrimination policy has enraged parents and preachers, but leaders of the nation’s tenth largest school district say unless they make the change, the U.S. Department of Education could withdraw federal funding.
Critics warn the Fairfax County Public School policy would allow boys who identify as girls to use the locker rooms and bathrooms of their choice – as well as participate on athletic teams of their choosing.
Martin Baker, the pastor of Burke Community Church, warned that “the damage and destruction to our children, teens and impacted adults will be incalculable.”
“Everything from locker rooms to bathrooms will be potentially open for people who simply feel that their inner sexuality does not match their outer, physical sexuality,” he wrote in an email to the 3,000-member congregation.
“This is not just shocking, it is morally and spiritually abhorrent, and that is why I am convinced this is one cultural issue where we, as a church, must speak up and out with clarity, compassion and conviction,” he added.
But the deputy superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools said they have no choice but to provide specific protections for transgender students. A vote on the issue is expected Thursday night.
“The Office of Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education is requiring that school divisions revise their non-discrimination policies to include gender identity,” Deputy Superintendent Steven Lockard wrote in a memorandum to school board members.
He also said the federal government was requiring the district to hire a consultant to advise them on how school divisions should handle individual cases of transgender students.
“If FCPS refuses to amend its policy, OCR has the right to recommend the termination of federal funding to FCPS,” Lockard wrote.
That bombshell has infuriated parents and politicians – like school board member Elizabeth Schultz.
“While the underlying issue is somewhat sensational, it is the gravitas in overreach of the federal government and the implications thereof that is so very chilling,” she told me. “It could have implications for every public school district in the nation. If they’re going to come for us, they’re going to come to them next.”
Andrea Lafferty, the president of the Washington, D.C.-based Traditional Values Coalition, lives in Fairfax County. She’s launched a campaign to fight the proposed change.
“This is a beating into submission of the American people and the taxpayers by the Obama Administration and those willfully going along with it,” said Lafferty. “They are going to say if you don’t comply, we’re going to take away your lunch money – your federal funding.”That is what is troubling. The fact that the Federal Government under Obama's radical Regime wants to dictate to local schools social policies and threaten funding. Especially since Fairfax County schools are more cash-strapped, after being forced to accept thousands of new students courtesy of Obama's open-border invasion during the past year.
On the subject of funding, I keep getting e-mails from the joke of a superintendent, Karen Garza, saying that the school district is facing a $100 million deficit. Well, if you're so cash-strapped, why then use our tax dollars to hire a consultant to craft another liberal social policy?
All I heard before moving here was how Fairfax County schools were some of the best in the nation. Obviously, that's going downhill, especially when the administration wants to lower standards (eliminating zeros) so they can pass more students and get more funding.
Why not concentrate on educating our children, instead of using them as guinea pigs for liberal social experiments? Unfortunately, when you have liberals in charge who set out to remake society in a way that only represents a small minority, this is what happens.