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Fort Worth Schools Allow Boys In Girls Bathrooms, Parents Shut Out; School Board Meeting Tuesday Night

The Fort Worth ISD will have a meeting tomorrow where parents are expected to pack the meeting over a new bathroom policy. On April 26, the Superintendent of the Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD) unilaterally issued new student guidelines at the Board of Trustees’ meeting dictating serious and dangerous new policies, effective immediately. These new guidelines would threaten the safety and privacy of children in all Fort Worth schools by opening little girl’s bathrooms and locker rooms to boys. Further, the guidelines were not debated, discussed or voted on at any Board meetings. Parents have been left out of this process and it appears there is an effort by government officials to prevent parents and the public from being aware of these radical policy changes, while the rest of the entire country is involved in this controversial debate.  13133163_1835361896685973_2941318114132790083_n

Jonathan Saenz, president of Texas Values released the following statement:

“How dare the Fort Worth ISD government officials think they could sneak a dangerous bathroom and locker room policy by the parents and taxpayers without a full and thorough public hearing. And how dare bureaucrats take the drastic steps to hide critical information from parents that relates to their own children. Does the government think they own our children because they attend a public school? I thought that Texas voters in Houston made it clear that these dangerous bathroom laws that allow boys in girl’s restrooms are bad policy and bad for families and children. Government officials tried to shut out concerned citizens in Houston and it backfired, badly. The parents of Fort Worth are just beginning their outrage and this issue has reached such a level that I believe state officials will have to step in quickly.”

The Fort Worth ISD policy can be found here:

The guidelines (many of which may actually violate Texas state law) say employees of the district will undergo adverse employment action if they do not go along with all of the new guidelines that clearly violate not only common sense, but First Amendment speech and religious liberty rights. They can no longer use the words “boy” and “girl” and must abandon gender references, information about the students gender expression on campus will be withheld from parents, no medical or mental health diagnosis is required in order to have a student claim an identity and therefore, have full rights to the opposite sex locker rooms, bathrooms, etc.

The FWISD guidelines are mandatory and retroactive to the 2015-2016 school year unless revised or revoked.

The City of Houston passed a similar law in 2014 and voters in 2015 voted the dangerous measure down by a vote of 61-39%.
Sex offenders have used policies like the one adopted by Fort Worth ISD to take advantage of this breakdown in protection for people in bathrooms. In Seattle recently, a man undressed in a women’s locker room at a public swimming pool and said he “had a right to be there” when he was asked to leave. http://www.krem.com/news/local/northwest/man-in-womens-locker-room-cites-gender-rule/45412534

Target stores recently announced a similar change in their bathrooms and changing rooms and 1.2 million people have signed a boycott pledge as a result.

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Take Action:

1. The Fort Worth ISD School Board meeting is on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at 5:30 p.m. to be held in the Board of Education complex at 2903, Shotts Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107.

Parents with children in the Fort Worth ISD or taxpayers should attend this important meeting.

2. Email each member of the Fort Worth ISD Board and respectfully express your concerns. Even if you don’t live in Fort Worth school district, this sets a dangerous precedent and they need to hear from all Texans.

Jacinto “Cinto” Ramos, Jr – jacinto.ramos@fwisd.org
Tobi Jackson – tobi.jackson@fwisd.org
Christene Chadwick Moss – christene.moss@fwisd.org
Theophlous Aron Sims, Sr. – ta.sims@fwisd.org
Judy Needham – judy.needham@fwisd.org
Ann Sutherland – ann.sutherland@fwisd.org
Norman Robbins – norman.robbins@fwisd.org
Matthew Avila – matthew.avila@fwisd.org
Ashley Paz – ashley.paz@fwisd.org

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