At the Capital School District Board of Education Committee, Dover High School Principal Courtney Voshell gave a presentation on the proposed new graduation regalia. Traditionally, the girls wore white and the boys wore blue. Voshell explained the rationale for the change during their board meeting:
I think it’s important to also address the fact that we have some students that gender identification is an awkward conversation for some of our students. It’s definitely not the majority but it happens. In the past two years that I have been leading the school, it has become a conversation where a student doesn’t want to wear one color or the other because that’s not the gender they are identifying with. And for me, it’s just not a time we should make any student feel awkward. This is their day. They worked really hard for it.
Voshell also noted this will be the first year the new Dover High School will have graduating students that attended the school all four years in the new building. Because of this, the extra $10.00 fee for the new uniforms would be covered by the school through a student services funding bucket for this year’s graduating class. Voshell also cited parent concerns about not having graduation in alphabetical order in the past and parents didn’t know when their child was coming up next to receive their diploma. In the past, students tended to be set up in a stripe pattern with girls in white rows and boys in blue rows. Beginning this year, graduating seniors will be seated in alphabetical order.
This presentation was not an action item for the Capital School Board but merely a discussion item.
In the latest press release by U.S. Representative John Kline, the Minnesota Republican who also chairs the House Education and the Workforce Committee, Kline tore into US Secretary of Education John King over “guidance” released by the US DOE. The guidance states
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 13, 2016
CONTACT: Press Office
Kline Statement on New Education Department Guidance
WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) today issued the following statement in response to new Title IX guidance from the Departments of Education and Justice:
These are deeply personal issues that should be discussed and decided openly, where all Americans have an opportunity to express their views and have their voices heard. Unfortunately, once again, the administration is suppressing an important national discussion that belongs to the people. This latest edict disregards the will and concerns of millions of students, parents, teachers, school administrators, and religious leaders. The secretary has the audacity to say this will promote an environment free of fear and discrimination, but what about the students, parents, and families who don’t share the president’s personal views? Let’s be clear about what this is: another unilateral decree imposed on our nation’s schools, colleges, and universities by a lawless administration. The secretary has no business—and certainly no legal authority—denying low-income students the financial support they deserve because their school or institution doesn’t bend to the president’s personal agenda.
So what was the issue surrounding this? A letter went out today from the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and the US DOE: Dear Colleague Letter 5/13/16
What is your take? Agree? Disagree?