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Colts Neck school board votes against transgender policy change

The Colts Neck Board of Education has rejected proposed transgender policy revisions

Locla’s policy seems to be at odds with NJ regulations

Members who voted for changes were recently elected

COLT NECK – A push to change the district’s gender policy for restroom and locker room use was rejected at the Colts Neck Board of Education meeting on Wednesday.

The proposal, rejected 7-2, was introduced by one of two new board members elected in the fall on a “Colts Neck Kids First” platform.

One of the rejected proposals in Colts Neck would have required the school district to notify a student’s parent of that student’s gender identity or expression, which would have been a violation of current state regulation.

Since 2018, the state Department of Education has mandated schools to take a “student-centered approach,” honoring that individual’s stated gender identity without parental input.

Colts Neck’s current policy for transgender students was first adopted in 2015 and last revised in June 2019.

John Camera and Jessica Ramirez, who voted for the rejected revisions, were among the state school board winners (over 151 seats in 85 districts) approved in November by the New Jersey Project, which has repeatedly criticized what it calls ” WOKE NJ Agenda.”

The “sex-segregated bathroom” overhaul for transgender students nixed in Colts Neck

The rejected second revision would have replaced the current “use of facilities” policy with one that would limit access to toilets, changing rooms and changing rooms based on biological gender.

“Transgender students who are uncomfortable using a gender-separated bathroom should be provided with a safe and appropriate alternative, such as a single ‘unisex’ bathroom or nurse’s bathroom,” according to the revised policy.

There was a large crowd at Conover Road Primary School on Wednesday, many of whom spoke out in support of maintaining the current policy. The Colts Neck Kids First group said on Facebook that the “activist speakers” were not residents of the district.

‘There’s no reason to rush this,’ says Colts Neck school board member of policy change

The review of the policy review was fast-tracked with a motion to expedite the Feb. 8 board meeting, Board Chair Heather Tormey told Out In Jersey.

“There was absolutely no reason to rush this,” Colts Neck school board member Brenda Dillon said during Wednesday’s meeting, as quoted by the Asbury Park Press.

“I’ve spent the last week digging deep into this. You could be putting this district in line for potential lawsuits, rushing this decision when it’s not an emergency is not common sense.

Colts Neck Kids First told its nearly 200 Facebook followers that it was “very disappointed” with the outcome of the meeting and urged residents to “contact the BOE if you are interested in parental rights and transparency, parental notification E prevent our children from being exposed to the genitals of the opposite sex.”

Erin Vogt is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach her at [email protected]

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