AP: Districts slow to adopt LGBT guidelines

In July, the Idaho School Boards Association issued a series of guidelines designed to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.

But so far, only the Teton School District has adopted the guidelines, the Associated Press reported Monday. A handful of districts have rejected the guidelines, while most schools have taken no action.

The far-reaching ISBA policy includes a call for gender-neutral dress codes and separate bathrooms and changing rooms for transgender students, and a requirement allowing transgender students to participate in overnight school trips.

“Our executive board looked at what was going on across the nation and decided it was time to send out some model policy,” Jessica Harrison of the ISBA told the AP’s Kimberlee Kruesi. “These are a guideline.”

Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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