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Friday, October 27, 2017

What I Told Betsy DeVos as the Mother of a Transgender Girl

When Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos traveled to my hometown of Kansas City recently, she visited two schools that are supportive of LGBTQ students — specifically their transgender students — which matters to me as the parent of a transgender child.

But that may have given her a rosy picture of what life is like for trans youth in the middle of the country. I wanted to be sure she heard other stories to have a broader perspective of what students are experiencing, especially since her department and the Justice Department withdrew vital guidance supporting transgender students earlier this year.

I reached out to the Department of Education, and Sec. DeVos was open to speaking with me. She and Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Candice Jackson called me last week.

Read more at NCTE's Medium page.

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