N.J. to guide school bath­room poli­cies

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

TREN­TON, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed leg­is­la­tion Fri­day re­quir­ing the state to give guid­ance to pub­lic schools about poli­cies for trans­gen­der stu­dents, in­clud­ing block­ing the schools from forc­ing the stu­dents to use re­strooms that con­flict with their gen­der iden­ti­ties.

Gar­den State Equal­ity, a civil-rights group, ap­plauded the Repub­li­can gov­er­nor for sign­ing the mea­sure, say­ing Christie took a stand for gay and trans­gen­der youth.

The law was passed by the Demo­crat-led Leg­is­la­ture af­ter school dis­tricts around the state be­gan pass­ing their own rules to al­low trans­gen­der stu­dents to use which­ever re­stroom they choose. The state ed­u­ca­tion de­part­ment said last year that dis­tricts should pass poli­cies to ex­plain how they han­dle gen­der iden­tity is­sues, but didn’t sug­gest what they should say.

Among the re­quire­ments of the law is that the state give guid­ance on work­ing with stu­dents by us­ing the name, pro­noun and dress that cor­re­sponds with their gen­der iden­ti­ties.

Schools would be blocked from re­quir­ing trans­gen­der stu­dents from us­ing re­strooms that con­flict with their gen­der iden­ti­ties and at a min­i­mum would have to find “rea­son­able al­ter­na­tive ar­range­ments.”

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