A district court has finally issued an order for schools in the school district of Cleveland, Mississippi to desegregate.
This decision comes 50 years after a group of 131 students and their parents filed an action suit against Bolivar County, which is now known as the Cleveland School District, claiming that the county was still operating schools "on a racially segregated basis," according to a report from CNN.
The decision also comes 62 years after the Supreme Court made a ruling saying that segregation is unconstitutional but despite that, schools in the town of Cleveland are still segregated as black and white, with the now-defunct Illinois Central Railroad tracks serving as the dividing line. The CNN report cited the court opinion that came with the order, which said that "half of Cleveland's schools – the schools on the east side of the railroad tracks enroll a student body that is at least 20 percent more white than the student population." more >>
Chicago Public Schools have introduced new guidelines in support of transgender students, threatening to punish employees or students who purposefully use the wrong terms when addressing transgender people.
"The guidelines released today will help ensure every student and adult in the CPS family can participate in an environment of complete tolerance and respect," CPS Chief Education Officer Janice K. Jackson said in a statement.
Jackson argued that the United States has become "far more aware of the needs and experiences of the transgender community," and CPS' guidelines reflect the commitment "to fostering healthy and supportive learning opportunities across the District so that each of our students can reach their full potential." more >>
Pastor Perry Noble of NewSpring Church in South Carolina says he's now being described as "ignorant" and "hateful" as an Evangelical Christian who opposes President Obama's transgender bathroom directive to public schools.
Noble said in a Facebook video posted on Monday that after he spoke out against Obama's directive, people have told him things like "This is why I don't go to church; evangelicals are intolerant," and said that he even got called a "hater."
The megachurch leader responded to those accusations by saying: "I don't believe what our president did was right. And it's not because I hate anyone. It's because I am trying my best to be a follower of Jesus Christ, and live according to His teachings. Now, understand something, I fall short every day. I am casting no stones, and I believe that no one is perfect." more >>
President Obama's transgender bathroom directive to public schools has been condemned by the chairmen of two U.S. Catholic bishops' committees, who called it "deeply disturbing" and argued that it contradicts "basic understanding of human formation" when it comes to gender.
"The guidance fails to address a number of important concerns and contradicts a basic understanding of human formation so well expressed by Pope Francis: that 'the young need to be helped to accept their own body as it was created,'" read the statement by Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, New York, who is chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, and Archbishop George J. Lucas of Omaha, Nebraska, who is chairman of the USCCB's Committee on Catholic Education.
The directive in question, issued by the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice on Friday, called on students at public schools to be allowed to use the bathroom of their choosing, rather than the bathroom of their birth gender, should a parent or guardian notify a school's district to state that the student's identity "differs from previous representations or records." more >>
Experts believe that if the Obama administration successfully forces public schools across the country to grant transgender students access to bathrooms and locker rooms designated for the opposite biological sex, it could lead to an increase in the number of students who are homeschooled or attend private schools.
Last Friday, the departments of Education and Justice sent a directive to all public school districts in the United States telling them that they must allow transgender students into bathrooms, locker rooms and showers that are consistent with their gender identity. If school districts refuse, they could be at risk of losing millions of dollars in federal education funding.
A number of conservative states and school districts have already indicated that they won't obey the edict and will contest in court if the federal government tries to enforce it. Meanwhile, other school districts will obey the order and let biological boys into girls bathrooms, showers and locker rooms, and vice versa. more >>
At least five states have so far indicated they will contest an Obama administration directive sent to all United States public school districts that tries to coerce them into allowing students to access bathrooms based upon their gender identity rather than biological sex.
The departments of Justice and Education warned school districts last Friday that if they don't allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity, they could lose millions in federal education funding.
Even before the administration's order was sent out to the school districts, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott asserted Thursday night during his speech at Texas' GOP Convention in Dallas that he will work to fight any attempt at coercion from the Obama administration on the transgender bathroom issue. more >>