THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — Let me get this confusing story straight for you: First, a school official recommends that the school board adopts a transgender protection policy — something progressive school districts around the country are already doing. So far, so good. Then the school board adopts the policy unanimously. Good, good. A few days after the policy is passed, the board feels heat for adopting the policy and start to distance themselves from it. Not good. The board calls a special meeting and decide they didn’t ‘understand what they were doing’ and repeals the pro-trans policy only 5 days after they adopted it. Bad. Following the repeal, the school board discuss firing the school official that suggested adopting a pro-trans policy. Really bad.
Background on the East Aurora (Ill.) School District transgender policy saga here: https://lexiecannes.wordpress.com/2012/10/18/update-trans-policy-rescinded-hate-group-pushing-illinois-school-district-to-drop-new-perverse-transgender-student-inclusion-policy/
Pressure to rescind the transgender rights policy was prompted by hate groups and individuals. The school board quickly offered up the head of assistant superintendent Dr. Christie Aird, the person who suggested the trans policy, to appease the hate groups.
At a recent meeting, board president Annette Johnson stated they weren’t going to fire Aird after all. However, Illinois Safe Schools Alliance’s Shannon Sullivan believes Aird might lose her job down the road anyway.
The school board has planned some meetings with community members to see if a trans policy can be worked out another way.
I don’t see anything good coming from this existing school board. During the entire ruckus, no mention was ever given to transgender students in the district — how did the school board backpeddling affect them? By putting the possibility of firing Aird on the agenda in the first place clearly indicates the school board has no backbone and no clue.
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