NSAA Not Voting on Transgender Policy This Year

By: Nick Starling Email
By: Nick Starling Email

This summer, California became the first state to enshrine certain rights for transgender students in state law, requiring public schools to allow those students access to whichever restroom and locker room they want.

This has caused other states, including Nebraska, to bring up the issue.

For about 10 minutes Wednesday morning, a group of people showed up at the NSAA District II Board Meeting to say they are opposed to any sort of transgender policy. However their calls were to an audience that would not be voting on that issue anyway.

"Our student safety is the most important and we need to look at policies and legislation and see what the outcome can be," said Amber Dee Parker.

However the NSAA District II Board didn't take up the topic at all because a school district didn't propose a change to allow transgender kids to participate in school sporting events.

"At this time, I don't see any on the horizon but you know I could be wrong, right now we're in the position where we are all becoming more educated on the topic," sad Bob Reznicek, NSAA Board of Directors member.

According to Reznicek, the procedure to get any policy implemented is for a school district to first propose a change in the by-law of the NSAA.

"By not having a policy today it seems to be a topic many schools aren't comfortable with yet. They need to gather more information," Reznicek said.

Reznicek says the schools typically do their due diligence before proposing any sort of policies.

"Schools usually have to feel pretty comfortable for them to make a proposal on any topic," said Reznicek.

Amber Dee Parker spoke at the meeting and is worried transgender policies will be proposed.

"We can not allow men to be in with girls locker rooms or in bathrooms. There is a danger," said Parker.

The ACLU sent out a statement saying, "Public schools have a responsibility to ensure all students including transgender students, have a safe environment and equitable to all student activities. All parents should be able to send their children to school knowing no opportunity will be unfairly denied."

"I'm going to say it's going to be a huge fight. There are people who will vote for a transgender policy, but there are many that would not," said Parker.

Schools have a timeline in which they can present a proposal.

If a district did propose a change to the by-law for transgender athletes, the next NSAA meeting when it could be looked at is Nov.1, 2014.

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