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10,000 people sign petition asking Nashua schools chief to create transgender policy

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The Nashua Telegraph
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December 5, 2012

School officials are standing by their belief that a policy to address the needs of transgender students is not necessary in the district, despite more than 10,000 people asking them to write one. An online petition directed at Superintendent Mark Conrad was started in September, requesting the district draft a policy to address issues specific to transgender students. As of Tuesday afternoon, 10,632 people from around the country had signed the petition, hosted at ThePetitionSite.com. “With young students, a case-by-case basis system can help personalize an individual’s school needs,” the petition states. “But general school rules against harassment are not necessarily enough to ensure them administrative support. “Strong transgender policy language gives guidelines for approaching dress codes, bathroom use, and sports participation. Good policies also neutralize learning environments, which benefits students who could otherwise fall prey to harassment or discrimination.”