Dec 082015
 December 8, 2015  U.S., Youth & Schools

It sounds like OCR blinked. Duaa Eldeib reports:

District officials had maintained that the agreement did not represent a districtwide policy and only applied to the student in question. Earlier Monday, the district released a letter from the Office for Civil Rights in which officials agreed that the settlement’s provision on locker room access applies to only one student.


Both sides appeared mollified with the understanding that while the locker room provisions apply only to the student who filed the complaint, the settlement’s other terms do not. Those conditions include the district revising its nondiscrimination notice to expressly prohibit discrimination based on sex, consulting a child and adolescent gender identity expert, and submitting to reporting and monitoring by federal officials. District officials must provide the Office for Civil Rights regular written reports, details of all gender-based discrimination or harassment complaints and open their doors to visits from authorities at any time during the course of the agreement, which is anticipated to last through June 2017.

Nowhere in the agreement does it explicitly state the student is “required” to use the privacy curtains, though it highlights that the district agreed to allow her access “based on Student A’s representation that she will change in private changing stations in the girls’ locker rooms.”

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