“Gender Radicalism” is a powerful and toxic cultural mandate sweeping through our schools, our government and our civil institutions. It claims full moral authority over our children, subverting the very knowledge of biology and freedom of conscience, exposing them to great physical, emotional, and mental harm.
Legislature Says NO to Student Physical Safety and Privacy
The Minnesota House and Senate passed their 2015 Omnibus Education Bill early this week, failing to provide the necessary physical protections that would have been afforded by requiring schools to provide separate bathroom, shower and locker room facilities between biological boys and biological girls. [continue reading…]
March 28, 2015
You Are A National Movement
As the public is only just waking up to the dramatic and militant drive to redefine the meaning of male and female, more states are faced with protecting the physical privacy and safety of children. Minnesota, Kentucky, Missouri, Nevada, Texas, and Florida are addressing the same concerns. Other states, like Hawaii, are contending with the extreme sexuality training in the school curriculum. If you followed Minnesota’s 2014 Bullying Bill battle, you’re familiar with books like the offensive It’s Perfectly Normal that are showing up in schools just about everywhere.
In Ontario, Canada a parent writes about the dangerous and misleading information in their school curricula:
We teach our kids to respect every individual’s dignity and be nice to others. School can teach [continue reading…]
For Immediate Release
Contact: Michele Lentz
March 9, 2015
Bills Introduced to Protect Students’ Physical Privacy
The Student Safety and Physical Privacy Act was introduced in the Minnesota House and Senate today. Senator Brown introduced SF 1543, with co-authors Kiffmeyer, Ruud, Thompson and Westrom. Representative Tim Miller introduced HF 1546, with co-authors Lucero, Lohmer, Scott, Whelan, M. Dean, Drazkowski, Backer, Heintzeman, Newberger, Rarick, Hancock, Runbeck,
Daniels, Pugh, Green, and Gruenhagen, Fabian, and Uglem. [continue reading…]
February 19, 2015
Minnesotans Are Not Gender Blind!
Minnesotans are not gender blind. They recognize that there are distinct differences between biological boys and biological girls and that all students deserve to have their physical privacy protected by separating the biological sexes in physically private facilities.
Press Release: Strong Majority of MN Voters Say No To Gender Blindness
The Minnesota Child Protection League, a Minnesota-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has issued the following information about a Minnesota poll conducted this week regarding voters views rejecting “gender blindness” in high school sports.
Three-fourths of Minnesotans support a law to make sure athletic teams are restricted to biological gender, according to a poll conducted this week by one of the nation’s leading public opinion research firms, Public Opinion Strategies.
Press Release: MSHSL Opens Girls’ Sports to Boys
Violates Existing Laws
CPLAction thanks you for your calls, your letters and your emails to members of the MSHSL Board of Directors to oppose their proposed transgender policy. And thank you to all who showed up at the MSHSL Board meeting yesterday. The room was standing room only, and the excess crowd overflowed into the adjoining entry. You showed up in force!
We will send out a more detailed analysis in the coming days, but for now, a copy of our press release is attached below. In the end, the Board backed off from mandating a transgender policy on the schools. Instead, schools will decide if they will allow boys to play on the all-girls’ team as a female. The new MSHSL policy sets up a process for the transgender student to appeal to the MSHSL to force the school to allow that male student on the girls’ team.
We will have more to say about that, about the false statement that 32 states have already passed a policy similar to this, and about the bogus religious school exemption.
Please consider helping CPLA out with the expense of this campaign, which was substantial. We are grateful to our donors! You have made this possible. Every dollar you contribute goes directly into the grassroots efforts of our work. If you are interested in donating to our educational arm, Minnesota Child Protection League, those contributions are tax deductible.
For Immediate Release
Contact: Michele Lentz
December 5, 2014
MSHSL Opens Girls’ Sports to Boys
Violates Existing Laws
The new policy applies only to Male to Female (MTF) transgender athletes. Under existing law, girls may try out and play on male teams. However, they compete as girls, not as Female to Male (FTM) transgender athletes. MSHSL Executive Director David Stead pointedly stated that this policy is only for the benefit of opening transgender boys who identify as girls to girls’ teams.
The Child Protection League Action recently sent letters to all the Athletic Directors of the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) member schools informing them of the pending December 4th transgender policy that will require them to allow transgender students the right to choose to participate on the team contrary to their biological gender.
Please read our Action Alert for more about what you can do and how important it is for you to act now!
Like so many others, Athletic Directors have been provided only one-sided information about the pending action. We also informed the Athletic Directors about what to expect:
THE MINNESOTA STATE HIGH SCHOOL LEAGUE BOARD IS NOT LISTENING TO YOU!
Last October, the public rose up to OPPOSE the new MSHSL transgender policy that would force all member schools to allow transgender students to play on the team opposite their biological gender. All league schools will come under this dictate—public, private and religious. Instead of voting it down, the MSHSL tabled the proposal. It is BACK for a vote on December 4th, and they intend to pass it!
This MSHSL policy creates the potential for children of the opposite sex to:
SHOWER WITH EACH OTHER, DRESS WITH EACH OTHER, and SHARE HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS.
The MSHSL Executive Director David Stead, in a recent article, wouldn’t respond to the privacy and safety issues his policy will create. He just passed the buck. Let the schools deal with it, was all he had to say.
Well, Mr. Stead,
These are our schools!
These are our children!
We are dealing with it right now!
TAKE THESE THREE ACTIONS TODAY!
Contact your MSHSL Region Representative. If you know your region, contact information is here. If you do not know your region, this Handbook (pp 13-14) lists your school and region.
Get your school to speak up to oppose this policy. This means your school board members, your principals, and/or your athletic directors. All MSHSL member schools—public, private, religious—will be affected.
Get your friends, family, and community leaders involved. You know who they are and you have the greatest influence on them.
We are excited to announce the election defeat of the four incumbent House members who were targeted by the Child Protection League PAC. These incumbents, and seven others who were also defeated on November 4th, all voted to betray our children by passing the dangerous 2014 Bullying Bill. (See our summary of The Battle Against the Bullying Bill.) And not a single legislator who opposed the Bullying Bill was defeated! (See how the House and Senate voted.)
Passage of the 2014 Bullying Bill soured voters on legislators who would use “anti-bullying” as a pretense to promote behaviors and beliefs that many recognize as wrong, immoral, offensive and dangerous to students, from preK to 12th grades. (Click here for excerpts of such curriculum.) And the law did not require parental notification when students were bullied or accused of bullying.
The driving force behind the Bullying Bill, the LGBT-Queer (their language, not ours) special interest group OutFront Minnesota urged their supporters to work for their slate of candidates so they could pass their coming legislative agenda:
If the DFL retains control, we’ll have the opportunity to continue expanding protections for LGBTQ Minnesotans — things like comprehensive sexuality and health education that includes LGBTQ identities, a ban on conversion therapy for minors, and eliminating the trans exclusion from MinnesotaCare.
The election results are in, and eleven of their friends in the legislature have been replaced! Votes have consequences!
Our ALERT about the new Minnesota State High School League transgender policy, and how it is putting students in danger, has made a huge impact! And our full page, color ad in the Sunday Star Tribune Sports section took the state by storm. Monday was filled with media interviews. The word is out, and thank you to all who are so generously contributing financially toward this effort! And thank you to those who are contacting the MSHSL. They are hearing from you!
The reaction has been swift. False narratives are being circulated to cause confusion.
The MSHSL and others are telling callers that the controversy of transgenders sharing showers, bathrooms, locker rooms and hotel rooms with members of the opposite biological gender is not their decision. In fact, they don’t intend to discuss it. They are leaving that decision up to the local school boards!
Do not be fooled by this misleading information!
If the MSHSL adopts a policy that allows transgender students to compete on the team of the opposite gender, nothing a local school board can do will resolve the privacy issues it creates. The MSHSL will have created an impossible and unmanageable situation that no school can successfully navigate.
The MSHSL is completely responsible for the consequences of its transgender policy. They have no right to then throw all the inevitable physical privacy issues onto the backs of the local schools, and force them to bear the brunt of public outrage. Which school districts have the available financial resources to provide individual showers, changing rooms, and hotel rooms for every athlete?
The first draft of this policy stated: “Transgender students should not be required to use separate facilities.” Do you think they’ve changed their minds? No, the language has just become more vague.
The new draft states: “Ensure reasonable and appropriate restroom and locker room accessibility for students.” “Accessibility” is not privacy from the presence of someone of the opposite gender.
Under this policy, transgender athletes can appeal to four separate levels if schools deny their requests to be on the team of their preferred gender. The final judgment rests with a single individual appointed by the Executive Director of the MSHSL Board of Directors. Approving a transgender student onto the team of the preferred gender is essentially out of the hands of local school administrators. And there is no appeal process for any other students or parents to object.
The policy requires that the privacy rights of transgender athletes must be completely respected. It does not require that other students be notified in advance so that they can protect their own privacy.
All of these controversies will be created by the decision of the MSHSL, not of the local school. Don’t let them off the hook!
OutFront MN is also disseminating false statements:
Statement: The opposition [that’s us] is maligning transgender youth and insisting they should not be able to participate in high-school related activities in their appropriate gender.
Fact: There is no maligning of transgender youth. CPLAction is concerned about policy that is unsafe for children–transgender and all other students alike.
Statement: The conduct of the opposition is harmful and shows us how much work there still needs to be done to make Minnesota a place where all people can simply be who they are with out fear of harassment, discrimination or violence.
Fact: The draft policy of the MSHSL is dangerous for all students. It assumes the premise that gender is a matter of choice, not biology. That premise is wrong and absurd. Parents have every right, every obligation, to speak up without being vilified. They have the responsibility to oppose this radical new dogma being imposed upon them and their children.
According to yesterday’s report by Minnesota Public Radio, “The Minnesota State High School League is expected to approve the proposal at a workshop on Wednesday, and enact it at its board of directors’ meeting on Thursday.” That is THIS WEEK!
Please take the time to call and email the appropriate members of the MSHSL while you still have that option. Next week will be too late! If you can attend the meeting, please show up. If you can submit testimony, please do. (See below for instructions.)
Consider also contacting your school board members to alert them to this new policy. They should be encouraged to contact the MSHSL themselves.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Write an email to the MSHSL. Your e-mail need not be exhaustive or eloquent, anything you write to oppose this policy will be better than nothing (avoid just pasting the above into your e-mail…use your own language to be most effective).
Send your email to:
* MSHSL Board President, Scott McCready: firstname.lastname@example.orgAND* Find your MSHSL Rep. by looking up all the Board Members HERE, or look for your school’s Administrative Region HERE starting on page 13 ( you can always e-mail the MSHSL Board Members in charge of certain boys and girls sports).* If you want to easily comment to the entire MSHSL Board, highlight all the e-mail addresses listed at the end of this email, copy (Ctrl C) and paste (Ctrl V) into your e-mail address line.* NOTE: There are concerns that feedback opposing this policy has not been distributed to the full Board, so try to copy several Board Members, listed again, HERE, or just send to the entire Board (e-mails below).
Attend the MSHSL “workshop” on October 1st at 3pm, at 2100 Freeway Blvd, Brooklyn Center, intended to give the public 3 minutes each to oppose or support the policy. We need your support. Opponents may show up in large numbers.Board Workshop Wednesday, October 1 MSHSL Office – Board Room Starting at 3:00pm
2100 Freeway Boulevard
Brooklyn Center The Workshop is for discussion/
No formal action will be taken. Board of Directors MeetingThursday, October 2
MSHSL Office – Board Room
Starting at 9:30am
Help us fund this effort! We are using every avenue possible to sound the alarm, but every outreach requires financial support.
Thank you for your attention to this matter!
Transgendered Students and High School Athletics
The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) intends to adopt a transgender policy that will affect every MN high school that participates in the MSHSL, including religious schools. Some situations that could result from this policy may be alarming. For example, a 7th gr. girl on the JV volleyball team in the girls locker room could shower next to a person she doesn’t have the right to know is a genetic male (unless she happens to see his unchanged male anatomy).
The latest draft policy is here.
The initial and more transparent draft policy, is here.
In 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice forced an anti-bullying consent decree on the Anoka-Hennepin School District, which became the blueprint for Minnesota’s newly passed state Bullying Law. The A-H School District is only slightly ahead of what the 2014 Bullying Law will bring to every Minnesota school. Everyone across the state must be alert to the policies coming their way.
On August 25th, the Anoka-Hennepin School Board heard public testimony on five recommendations from the district’s Anti-Bullying Task Force. The recommendations may be viewed here. No approval to implement them was given at that meeting, but their Leadership Committee was tasked with presenting “actionable items.”
Brenda Look, one well-spoken opponent of resolution 3, pointed out the obvious: this resolution is not about respect, compassion, kindness and tolerance. Rather, it forces allegiance to a strident and dangerous political and social agenda. It is a deviation from protecting all students from genuine bullying. [continue reading]
ALERT: The Bullying Law is Being Rolled Out!
August 26, 2014
The Anoka-Hennepin School Board will meet on Monday, August 25th, at 6:30 pm, to hear testimony from the public on the five recommendations from the district’s Anti-Bullying Task Force. The recommendations may be viewed here.
We send you this alert because the U.S. Department of Justice’s forced 2012 anti-bullying consent decree on the Anoka-Hennepin School District was the blueprint for Minnesota’s newly passed state Bullying Law. The A-H School District is only slightly ahead of what the 2014 Bullying Law will try to bring to every Minnesota school district. Everyone across the state must be alert to these policies coming to their local schools. [continue reading]
The Battle Against the Bullying Bill of 2014
July 21, 2014
Here is a summary of Minnesota’s Battle Against the Bullying Bill of 2014.
Tragically, Governor Dayton and the Democrats in the Minnesota legislature shoved through their heatedly contested and deeply controversial Bullying Bill before the 2014 session ended last May. But the forceful, potent battle that was waged here in Minnesota against HF826 provides us with all the lessons we need moving forward.
They passed the Bullying Bill, HF826, with not a single Republican vote, and, along the way, they lost even the support of three of their own DFL colleagues both in the House and in the Senate.
They lost their momentum from 2013 when it passed the House with little public notice and not a single Democrat defection. At that moment, HF826 was primed to pass the Senate in 2014. It was trumpeted as the first bill out of the chute, with little opposition, no public outrage, likely even to pull in some Republican votes to provide a bipartisan fig leaf. [continue reading]
Radical Group Claims Victory on Bullying Bill
Reprinted from our May 1, 2014 email.
The day after Governor Dayton signed Minnesota’s Bullying Bill, HF826, the Gay Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN) stepped forward to take credit for their victory. GLSEN had been discreetly low profile in Minnesota’s public battle to pass HF826, letting OutFront Minnesota do their front work.
During the House floor debate on April 8th, Rep. Peggy Scott warned members in the House that GLSEN was behind this legislation, but the Democrats vehemently denied it. Rep. Davnie, author of the Bullying Bill, denied numerous times that any harmful and explicit curriculum would be introduced into schools through this new law.
Yet GLSEN blasted an email out across the country with the following statement (emphasis added):
Minnesota is now the 16th state plus Washington, DC to enact an LGBT-inclusive anti-bullying law.
GLSEN is working hard in the remaining states that do not protect LGBT students from bullying to ensure that ALL students are protected under law. Like we did in Minnesota, we’re forming statewide coalitions, mobilizing support from corporate and legislative partners, and most of all working with friends like you to make sure legislators know their constituents support efforts that protect all students.
They like to talk about all students, but it’s obvious all students are not what interests them. Theirs is an LGBT victory, not an all student victory. But GLSEN stands to gain the most from the Minnesota Bullying Bill, since they seem to be writing the lesson plans. GLSEN portrays itself as a leader in safe schools initiatives, curriculum and teacher training. Their materials are already used in some Minnesota schools. [continue reading]
by Katherine Kersten (May 2014)
Who—in sensitive, civilized America in 2014—could possibly be in favor of bullying? Every decent adult wants students to treat each other with courtesy and respect. So who could oppose attempts to strengthen anti-bullying laws to shield children from the hurtful schoolyard taunts so many of us remember?
But what if the anti-bullying project is hijacked by zealous special-interest groups with little concern for protecting kids who are overweight, shy, or viewed as nerds—the traditional victims of bullying? What if state policy-makers use anti-bullying programs to pry open the doors of religious schools and compel them to teach ideas directly at odds with the tenets of their faith?
The anti-bullying bill is not getting an enthusiastic thumbs up from Northfield School Superintendent Chris Richardson. After a 5 hour debate last night, the bill authored by Senator Dibble, jumped some hurdles but still, Richardson is not convinced it’s necessary. He says every school has a policy that’s 4 to 5 pages long. They include definitions and what actions will be taken as well as how the investigation will be conducted. The amendments Dibble has included in the bill are taken from many of these school policies that are already in place. Richardson wants to know who will take action. The State? Will the schools have to do all the reporting so the state has a database? School districts are concerned about the amount of staff time and cost will be involved. Richardson says keep it local. He wonders if the State is creating a solution to a problem already being addressed at the local level. Richardson says the bill just adds another layer of bureaucracy. He believes some version will likely pass but he’s hoping that there will be an appropriate level of reporting that won’t cost cumbersome hours of staff time. Richardson’s interview is posted online here.2
Hinckley-Finlayson Superintendent Rob Prater said: “With the bill’s definition, bullying can be anytime anything makes someone feel bad.”1 The Minnesota Catholic Conference’s 2013-14 legislative platform says, “Combating bullying should never be a pretext to impose an agenda of groups of people, or to undermine the rights of parents to bestow their religious or moral values on their children.”1 “The state cannot simply legislate bullying out of schools,” said East Central School Superintendent Andrew Almos. “I would like to see the legislation be less prescriptive and allow school staff to focus on working with kids to improve the culture and climate in our schools. Initiatives are well underway in our local communities.”1 “My frustrations with this effort are focused mainly on the perception that schools do very little to prevent acts of bullying and hazing. This is simply not true. Schools day in and day out work to provide safe and supportive schools,” Almos said.1 State Sen. Dan Hall (R-Burnsville) estimates the bill will cost $51 million over its first two years. “This is a classic example of well-intentioned politicians in St. Paul not realizing the far-reaching implications of the bill that they passed and a case where they believe local officials can’t handle certain issues,” Hall said.1 “How much will this cost and who will pay for it? It is hard to know what this means exactly or how it will ultimately be implemented. In general, I believe that this is the wrong approach,” said Pine City Schools Superintendent Wayne Gilman.1 “This file seems punitive in nature and creates additional and unnecessary cost and labor for everyone,” Gilman said. “Matters of cyberbullying are not likely to be fixed by anything in this file since cyber bullying can happen primarily outside school. This appears to be yet another unfunded mandate from the State.”1 The Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act is the “worst policy I have ever seen in my time here,” said state Rep. and Education Committee minority leader Sondra Erickson (R-Princeton).11MN Bill Could Make Bullying ‘Anything, Any Time’ by T.A. LeBrun 2http://kymnradio.net [/wptab] [wptab name=’Letters’]New letters coming soon.[/wptab][wptab name=’Candidates’]Check back for resources.[/wptab][end_wptabset]
Clarification of Parental Notification in HF826 Bullying Bill advocates are telling critics of HF826 that the bill has been changed regarding parental notification. They are saying that the latest versions of the bill now do require that parents be notified in cases of bullying incidents. This is false. Changes in the language of the bill accomplish nothing different from earlier versions. Under the latest HF826 language parents will be notified at the school administrator’s discretion and consistent with existing data practices law. Current data practices law states that the responsible authority shall withhold data from parents or guardians only upon the request of the student. In other words, HF826 expands a current bad student privacy law that allows minors to opt out of having their parents notified by also allowing school officials to opt out of calling parents. The bottom line is that there is no requirement for parents to be notified at all, even in the case where a child will be receiving discipline, re-education, psychological counseling, or mental health treatment.