Judge dismisses legal challenges to transgender student protections

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07/27/2021

A Lynchburg Circut Court Judge dismissed legal challenges to block the Virginia Department of Education’s new policies on protecting transgender students. Earlier this spring, two lawsuits were filed, which were eventually consolidated into one lawsuit by the Christian Action Network, trying to block the “Model Policies for the Treatment of Transgender Students in Virginia’s Public Schools.” “While we disagree with the ruling that the Transgender Model Guidelines are merely guidance and thus no one has yet been harmed, school boards should take Judge Watson at his word and dismiss these heavy-handed suggestions from Richmond,” said Victoria Cobb, president of The Family Foundation and the Founding Freedoms Law Center. “Many school boards are breathing a sigh of relief that the Attorney General’s Office is now on record that when their boards reject this advice as wrong for children in their community, they will not lose state funding. However, should schools choose to follow the Model Guidelines, Founding Freedoms Law Center will be there to protect children who lose their privacy rights, parents who lose their parental rights and teachers who lose their job over illegally compelled speech.”

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