Board of Education of the Highland Local School District v. United States Department of Education

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Description:  The U.S. departments of Education and Justice are threatening to yank federal funding for special needs and underprivileged children from an Ohio school district. The two federal agencies are making the funding dependent on the district opening up overnight accommodations, locker rooms, showers, and restrooms to be shared by members of both sexes.


Federal agencies dropped from student privacy lawsuits


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

 
The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Gary McCaleb regarding notices filed Tuesday in two federal court cases, Students and Parents for Privacy v. United States Department of Education and Board of Education of the Highland Local School District v. United States Department of Education, that remove the defendant federal agencies and officials from the lawsuits because of their change of position on student privacy, leaving in place the remaining defendants:

“Earlier this year, the Departments of Education and Justice rescinded the misleading, nationwide Obama-era ‘guidance’ that improperly redefined ‘sex’ in Title IX. Having clarified the issue nationally, the federal agencies are doing the right thing by no longer enforcing that obsolete and erroneous guidance against these local school districts. This was exactly what ADF and our clients sought from the federal government when we filed suit, and we commend the federal officials who have abandoned the experiment of intermingling the sexes within school locker rooms, showers, restrooms, and other privacy facilities. Because they have done this, it is no longer necessary to list them in these lawsuits. Local school officials can now work to protect the privacy of every student without improper pressure from Washington.”

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Previous news releases:

  • 2016-09-26: Ohio school district immediately appeals to protect student privacy
  • 2016-09-19: Ohio school district: Stop feds from depriving special needs, underprivileged children
  • 2016-07-18: Ohio school district asks court to stop feds from depriving special needs, underprivileged children
  • 2016-06-10: Ohio school district sues feds for demanding that students have access to opposite-sex locker rooms

Commentary:
  • Jim Campbell: Lawsuit opposes overreach on transgender issue (Columbus Dispatch, 2016-07-23)

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