OCALA, Fla. (AP) — A school board in north Florida plans to restrict access to school bathrooms based on a person's biological gender.
The Ocala Star-Banner reports (http://bit.ly/2487MrB ) that the Marion County School Board reached a consensus on Thursday on a resolution that would ban transgender students from using bathrooms for the gender with which they identify. The board plans to take a final vote next week.
The resolution states that "transgender people are not a protected class under federal or state law or under Marion County Public Schools policy."
The issue was raised recently when a teacher reported that a transgender student who was born female but identifies as a male at Vanguard High school was using the boy's restroom.
The district's resolution runs counter to many federal court rulings.