Should Maine public schools have policies to transgender students?

Posted April 16, 2010, at 7:16 p.m.

The Maine Human Rights Commission worked on but has not yet issued recommendations on how public schools accommodate transgender students. What should be the policy? Should boys who identify as girls be able to use the girls bathroom and locker room and participate on girls sports teams? Should schools work out their own plans, perhaps letting such students use a teachers bathroom, or allow the student to use a bathroom and locker room by himself or herself? Or should anatomy rule? Will such policies wreak havoc on privacy and be abused? Or are there so few transgender students that a reasonable fix is possible?

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