The Caldwell School Board put the discussion of the proposed policy on the use of bathroom and locker room facilities by transgender students “on pause” last night at their monthly meeting.
Idaho Dispatch reported the information regarding the proposed policy 3281 in December 2022. In January 2023 the Board of Trustees met to discuss the issue. Despite cold winter weather, at least 1,000 people were in attendance to give testimony. Most were not allowed in. They formed a huge line outside but were never able to share their thoughts with the Board. Senator Chris Trakel testified in opposition to the policy, but he was abruptly cut off by Chairwoman Marisela Pesina. The meeting was ended early.
Monday evening was the February meeting for CSD. It is estimated that 500-700 people attended. Only around 60 were allowed inside. Some who were not allowed in made their thoughts known with signs outside.
People had again prepared to testify on the proposed policy, but before the issue was taken up, it was announced that the Board would put the policy discussion “on pause.” Although this has been a local, school district level issue to date, there is now draft legislation in the form of Senate Bill 1100. CSD Board has decided to table it until the state legislature moves the proposed legislation through the bill process.
Representative Brent Crane (R-Nampa) attended the meeting last night and spoke in regard to the bill. You can view and listen to his remarks here:
School districts all over Idaho are dealing with the issue of regulating the use of bathrooms, locker rooms, and changing facilities by students identifying as a member of the opposite sex. Because it has become a statewide concern, the Legislature felt compelled to take it up. Senate Bill 1100 was printed yesterday in the Senate Education Committee.
The bill would add a new Chapter 66 to Title 33, the Idaho statutes that govern schools.
The three-page draft is entitled, “Protecting the privacy and safety of students in public schools.” It outlines the responsibility of Idaho public schools to separate students by their biological sex in the use of bathrooms and changing facilities.
“A statewide policy ensuring separate school restrooms and changing facilities on the basis of biological sex is substantially related to the important governmental interest in protecting the privacy and safety of all students.”
It includes exemptions and reasonable accommodations as well. It also explains that if a school fails to follow the proposed new law, a student would have a civil cause of action against the school. To view the entire bill, click through using the arrows at the bottom of the image.S1100
Because the issue was tabled by the Trustees, no public testimony was allowed.
Following the meeting, Representative Crane spoke to David with the Idaho Dispatch. You can hear the conversation here:
Video of Senator Chris Trakel’s January testimony courtesy of Gem State YouTube channel: @gemstate5291
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