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.