Pres­i­dent can­not cut school fund­ing

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

I wasn’t able to at­tend the June 14 Charles County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion meet­ing but was able to watch the pub­lic fo­rum por­tion on­line the next day. I was aware of the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the new bath­room rules al­low­ing gen­der con­fused stu­dents to use the bath­room for their per­ceived gen­der. What I didn’t re­al­ize was that the so-called ac­com­mo­da­tion in place for stu­dents who weren’t com­fort­able with that ar­range­ment ap­plies, not to the gen­der con­fused, but to the rest of the stu­dent pop­u­la­tion! Can you imag­ine girls and boys lin­ing up to use the re­stroom in the nurse’s of­fice or the fac­ulty lounge be­cause they don’t feel com­fort­able shar­ing the stu­dent re­strooms with some­one of the op­po­site sex? The logic be­hind this plan is to­tally ab­surd.

If, as I sus­pect, this has come about as a re­sult of Pres­i­dent Obama’s edict that schools not in com­pli­ance with the laws man­dat­ing the al­low­ing gen­der con­fused stu­dents to use the bath­room of the op­po­site sex or lose fed­eral fund­ing, we need to re­mind him, and the jus­tice depart­ment, that they do not have the power to cut fund­ing to any­one. Any­one who un­der­stands the Sep­a­ra­tion of Pow­ers as listed in the Con­sti­tu­tion knows that only Congress (namely the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives) can ap­pro­pri­ate or cut off funds to any en­tity. I can’t be­lieve no one men­tioned this at Tues­day’s meet­ing. I do ap­pre­ci­ate Pas­tor Ogne’s as­ser­tion that the board needs to show courage and stand up to the bul­lies in the gov­ern­ment.

To those who have chil­dren or grand­chil­dren in the school sys­tem, I urge you to take a stand for truth and com­mon sense and help stop this in­san­ity that has been thrust upon our stu­dents with­out even con­sult­ing the par­ents first. Just go to www.ccboe.com for con­tact in­for­ma­tion.

Cheryl Al­li­son, Wal­dorf

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