ERIC Number: EJ1020022
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Transgender Policy: What is Fair for All Students?
Kaiser, Matthew M.; Seitz, Keshia M.; Walters, Elizabeth A.
Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, v17 n1 p3-16 Mar 2014
Ritha Smith, assistant superintendent, and Seth Hanson, principal, are faced with a difficult decision. Taylor Harper is a transgender student who identifies as male and is openly attracted to females. Taylor's parents, Lane and Morgan Harper, are lesbians; they are fully supportive of their child's identification and are well versed in their legal rights. Madison Booth is in Physical Education [PE] class and shares a locker room with Taylor. She and her parents question her safety and security in the locker room. Ritha and Seth must consider the policy and rights for transgender, homosexual, and heterosexual students. The decision will have implications for students and policies in the schools as well as the community values with parents, board members, and constituents in the surrounding areas. This case poses discussions, questions, and activities about ethical and moral standings, policies, critical theory and queer theory, and legal frameworks. The case also presents ways to use literature and media to further enlighten the discussion.
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Student Rights, Sexual Identity, Administrator Role, Sexual Orientation, Ethics, Homosexuality, Social Justice, Transformational Leadership, Legal Responsibility, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Court Litigation, Case Method (Teaching Technique)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Davis v Monroe County Board of Education; Education Amendments 1972; Fourteenth Amendment; Title IX Education Amendments 1972