New Student Code To Address Transgender Concerns

The Philadelphia Inquirer
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August 17, 2012

THE SCHOOL REFORM Commission unanimously approved the revised Code of Student Conduct on Thursday night but added a resolution on language regarding nonconforming gender identities to be included under the dress-code/uniform policy.

Fred Ginyard, an organizer for Youth United for Change, sent an email Tuesday to the SRC asking for such language to be included in the new code. Under current rules, transgender students or those nonconforming to their genders "can be disciplined for expressing their preferred gender identity," Ginyard said in his email.

SRC Chairman Pedro Ramos said the language proposed by Ginyard sounded easy enough to include, but he wanted the appropriate district departments to review and vet the phrasing.