Dale’s FHA Action Blog – Day 28

The FHA Action applauds our Attorney General Marty Jackley’s statement supporting President Trump’s Rescinding of the Obama’s Administration’s Mandate Regulating Public School Bathrooms and Locker Rooms.

The last thing that should be on a student’s mind when going to school is whether their safety and privacy will be protected. That’s why the Family Heritage Alliance is glad common sense has prevailed and President Obama’s constitutionally challenged and dangerous mandate on schools regarding bathroom, locker room, and shower use has been rescinded.

Simply put, the federal government has no business regulating neighborhood school bathrooms.

Schools are able to provide a safe environment for all students – including transgender students – without compromising the security and privacy of other students. Unfortunately, the Obama Administration was threatening Districts with the loss of federal funds if they didn’t allow, for example, biological boys to use the girls’ locker rooms and bathrooms.

We are deeply grateful Secretary Betsy DeVos, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and the Trump Administration rescinded the mandate and are putting the safety of our students before a political agenda.

Now it’s crucial for all South Dakota school districts that changed their policies in response to the Obama administration’s threats to restore their original policies, which protected the privacy and safety of all students.  The Family Heritage Alliance believes South Dakota schools would be better served by having a statewide policy that creates a baseline of privacy. Why? Because if the issue is left to each local school, then what will inevitably happen is legal groups will sue each school, one-by-one, that establishes a common sense privacy policy for their school.  But if there is a statewide policy, it provides a shield to schools.

It was also great to meet up with former SD Representative and friend, Bill Peterson, at the Capitol this week.  Bill serves as the Vice President/ Development and Foundation at Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota.  His claim to fame today is that he’s married to SD Representative Sue Peterson.

Please follow the work of the FHA Action by regularly going to www.FHAaction.org and click on ‘Legislative Radar’ to view those bills and/or resolutions we are tracking.

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