Students and Parents for Privacy v. United States Department of Education

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Description:  Township High School District 211 in Palatine, Illinois, disregarded student privacy and safety when it secretly opened its schools’ restrooms to the opposite sex and then opened the girls’ locker room to a boy after the U.S. Department of Education threatened the district’s federal funding. The agency based its threat on its inaccurate interpretation of Title IX, a 1972 federal law whose accompanying regulations, contrary to the agency’s opinion, actually authorize schools to retain single-sex restrooms and locker rooms.  Read more >>

Illinois families: Court should reject magistrate’s recommendation to ignore student privacy

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Gary McCaleb regarding a federal magistrate judge’s recommendation to the district court judge Tuesday in Students and Parents for Privacy v. United States Department of Education that threatens the dignity and privacy rights of students at a Palatine school district by authorizing a male student to enter girls’ locker rooms:

“School policies should protect the privacy and safety of all students, no matter who they are. Young students should not be forced into an intimate setting like a locker room with someone of the opposite sex. The court should exercise its authority to stop the DOE and DOJ from redefining federal law and violating the privacy of thousands of students. We are hopeful that the federal courts will ultimately decide in favor of the privacy rights of all students.”

Attorneys with the Thomas More Society are serving as local counsel in the case on behalf of the families.

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Previous news releases:

  • 2016-08-12: 51 Illinois families make their case to halt invasion of student privacy, federal overreach
  • 2016-05-25: Federal overreach jeopardizes students’ privacy
  • 2016-05-04: 51 families sue feds, Chicago-area school district for violating student privacy
  • 2016-05-03: 50 Palatine-area families to announce lawsuit against US DOE, school district
  • 2015-10-20: Illinois school district on solid ground to respect children’s privacy

  • Jeremy Tedesco: The difference between privacy rights in abortion and same-sex locker rooms cases (Daily Signal, 2016-07-21)
  • Matt Sharp: ACLU misses mark on student ignoring it (Chicago Tribune, 2016-05-25)
  • Matt Sharp: No, federal law does not require entities to allow men into women’s restrooms (CNS News, 2016-04-26)
  • Matt Sharp: Girls sharing showers with boys at public schools (CNS News, 2015-12-15)

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