Districts across the country have been bowing to the U.S. Department of Education's ruling that schools must allow transgender students to use bathrooms and showers of their chosen sexual identity — even if it means a biological male showering alongside female students — or be in violation of the Title IX gender discrimination law.
But according to Education Action Group, of the 115 school districts in Idaho, only one — Teton School District on the far eastern edge of the state — has complied. Some districts are examining the federal policy with great skepticism and want more questions answered while others have outright ignored it.
Hagerman School District superintendent Eric Anderson commented, “We have some questions that we wanted clarified. This is the first time we’ve seen anything like this.”
Some of the bigger districts, such as Boise, have adopted their own policies regarding transgender students but have not yet complied with the federal standards.
The federal mandate also requires gender-neutral dress codes and equal treatment of all students, regardless of gender, at schools functions.