July 13, 2017
The School Safety Technical Assistance Council (SSTAC) will meet next week to decide whether or not to accept the “Toolkit” document in Minnesota. You are invited to join others at that meeting to show your opposition.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Minnesota Department of Education
1500 MN-36, Roseville, MN
Conference Center B, Room 15
The Future of the “Toolkit” (bookmark to The future of the Toolkit…..)
MN Department of Ed Gone Rogue (bookmark to MN Department of Ed…..Policy)
July 13, 2017
The future of the ‘Toolkit to Ensure Safe and Supportive Schools for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students’
The date for adopting the “Toolkit” was rescheduled after the public, belatedly informed that such a document was pending inundated the MDE with emails and phone calls. And after legislators publicly registered their opposition, Legislator’s Letter to Commissioner (PDF), the MDE posted this message on their website:
Thank you to everyone who submitted comments and suggestions to the draft gender inclusion toolkit. We have reviewed those comments and provided a draft to the Minnesota Department of Human Rights for their review, as planned.
Schedule Change for Next Council Meeting
There is a schedule change for the upcoming council meeting. In order to provide adequate time to review the revised draft, we will post the draft on our website on Monday, June 19. The council will then reconvene on Wednesday, July 19, from 3-5 p.m., at the Minnesota Department of Education, Conference Center B, Room 15, in order to discuss and take action on the revised draft.
Monday, June 19th, came and went, and a revised draft finally appeared a week late on Monday, June 26th.
The first draft of the gender inclusion toolkit was never posted on the MDE website for the public to have any opportunity to review. Contrary to their above comment, they did not solicit comments or suggestions. Comments only began pouring in when their first draft was outed by CPL. Prior to that, only gender activists were providing input! In fact, they are the authors. Think about that. The only input and the only resources used to develop state recommendations on transgender policies and practices in ALL Minnesota schools came from radical gender activists.
MDE’s disinterest in public input is evidenced by noting that their revised draft is virtually unchanged. They remain fully and deeply committed to promoting a radical gender fluid agenda on all our kids.
Some of the now-familiar examples of this agenda are:
- Gender is how we feel;
- Biological sex is referred to as “assigned sex”;
- Gender “transition plans” are recommended from a gender activist group called Gender Spectrum which calls for Gender Diversity training for parents, peers, the community, parents of other students, and school staff;
- Family members who do not affirm a child’s transgender feelings are considered potentially unsafe, and reporting this abuse to legal authorities may be deemed appropriate;
- Not using a student’s ‘preferred pronoun’ may be considered bullying. CPL saw this coming when we opposed the MN Bullying Bill. [The “Bullying Bill” was never really about bullying. It was about forcing gender fluid ideology into the schools];
- Federal Title IX law continues to be misrepresented as requiring boys who identify as girls to be allowed to compete on girls’ sports teams. This is false.
MN Bullying Bill linked to https://cplaction.com/health-sexuality/the-bullying-bill-its-perfectly-normal-the-connection/
The “Toolkit” also informs schools that they “need to ensure” that transgender students may use bathrooms, locker rooms and hotel accommodations according to their gender feelings. And here’s the kicker: students who want to protect their privacy are the ones to be segregated.
“Privacy objections raised by a student in interacting with a transgender or gender nonconforming student may be addressed by segregating the student raising the objection provided that the action of the school officials does not result in stigmatizing the transgender and gender nonconforming student.”
The Minnesota Departments of Education and Human Rights are advising school districts that they “need to ensure” that boys and girls who raise privacy objections about having to share hotel rooms with someone of the opposite biological sex are the ones to be separated from everyone else. Common sense has left the building!
This “Toolkit” and the other exhibits mentioned above have created a hostile environment for children who do not affirm radical gender ideology. They have also created an environment where non-affirming students are literally being bullied for not embracing and accepting their lies.
The “Toolkit” itself states that the MN Human Rights Act “provides that all students have the right to attend school in a safe and supportive environment where they can learn and have equal access to all educational opportunities. Illegal discrimination can occur if a student is …exposed to a hostile environment that interferes with the student’s ability to learn or participate in activities at school.”
July 13, 2017
MN Department of Ed Gone Rogue Look Who’s Running State Ed Policy
The MN Department of Education (MDE) is run by people who are a danger to our children and an offense to parents, taxpayers, and the public. There is no polite way to say it. The gender ideology ‘guidance’ coming out of the MDE does not promote the safety and well-being of children. The gender ‘guidance’ they promote is actually harmful to ALL children. Just review for a moment the ‘educational’ materials they are promoting:
Exhibit A: The MDE released its Revised Toolkit June 26, 2017 (PDF). It was drafted behind closed doors and hidden from public scrutiny until CPL posted it on our website. See CPL articles MN Rolls Out Lawless School Gender “Toolkit” and New! Toolkit already used as Ed Department ‘Best Practice’.
A Critical Review of the Toolkit 2nd Draft by CPL
The Task Force writing this “best practices” document for Minnesota schools, teachers and administrators is a Who’s Who of gender radical activist groups. These groups believe gender is nothing more than a broad spectrum of feelings. They call the biological evidence that we are either male or female ‘bigotry,’ and they simply reject science. They also believe it is the role of schools to groom our children to accept gender fluidity. See Gender Fluidity and Other Fables video. Common sense recognizes this dangerous and scientifically unfounded ideology for what it is: a massive social experiment on our children.
Exhibit B: Schools In Transition: A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 Schools Guidebook (PDF) was written by the National Center for Lesbian Rights and Gender Spectrum. The MDE recommends it as a resource “for schools, educators, students, families and community members.” We have published a thorough critique of the guidebook, A Critical Review of Schools in Transition: A guide for supporting Transgender Students in K-12 schools (PDF).
This guidebook contains biased, inaccurate and harmful information drawn wholly from politically charged organizations pushing a radical social change agenda. It has no place in the public schools. Any school or government agency relying upon or recommending this guidebook is undermining its credibility and perpetrating a dangerous disservice to children and to the public.
Exhibit C: MDE’s Safe Schools Technical Assistance Center (SSTAC) is using radical gender ideology to train teachers, administrators, and the public about what they should be teaching our children about gender. This is one handout they use frequently.
Exhibit D: The January 25, 2017, Minnesota Safe and Supportive Schools Conference introduced a new conduit to embed their radical gender ideology and Islam into schools. CPL article Social & Emotional Learning: Gateway to Islam & LGBT Acceptance. This tool is called Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and will transform traditional academic learning into cultural reeducation. They call it “mapping cultural values,” and it is neatly disguised and packaged as a method for student success. But it is a deceptive and manipulative strategy to change the values, attitudes and beliefs of our children.
Please attend our CPL Annual Fundraiser Event to learn more about this topic with speakers to Stella Morabito and Dr. Karen R. Effrem.
Against the Public Will
The public has not been behind the adoption of this destructive ideology. In fact, for the most part, they are woefully unaware their children are targets of such indoctrination. The entire agenda has been inserted silently and imperceptibly without parental knowledge or consent. It has crept into institutions of higher learning and numerous governing bodies. CPL article trong Majority of MN Voters Say No to Gender Blindness. Education elites believe that “we the people” will not resist this attack on our children. The MDE, along with the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE), assume that because Big Media, such as Katie Couric, the cultural establishment, the National Educational Association (NEA), the American Medical Association (AMA), and the leftist American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) have fully embraced this gender ideology, they are safe to spoon feed it to our children.
But they are wrong. A populist and profound uprising is taking place across our land. People don’t trust the cultural elites, and this bogus gender ideology is one important reason why. Don’t expect us to believe that men can become pregnant and breastfeed their babies. Don’t tell us businesses must provide tampons in men’s restrooms. Don’t make our teenage daughters share Target dressing rooms and bathrooms with grown men. Don’t tell us we must call boys ‘girls’ and call it ‘fair’ when they compete as girls and crush the girls in track and other sports! Don’t lie to us and say it’s ‘healthy’ for our teenage daughters to bind their breasts or for our sons and daughters to ingest toxic hormones that will likely leave them sterile and unhealthy for life. And don’t tell us our daughters can safely share hotel rooms with boys who think they are girls during overnight school activities!
Gender activists claim that gender “nonconforming” students are bullied and that schools are obligated to stop the bullying. Few take issue with those statements, though the objectivity of their data is highly questionable. Their solution, however, that all students must accept and affirm gender fluid ideology as normal, is dangerous and a fundamental violation of the rights of all children and all families.
Can transgender students be respected as persons without affirming their identity as normal? Yes, they can. Real respect requires honesty and genuine concern for their long term well-being. These students would greatly benefit from schools that respect the truth about transgender ideology and offer real help to overcome their gender confusion.
Do you know who your school board members and candidates for statewide and local offices are? Have told them how important this is to you? To your children?
There’s an old saying in politics: When I feel the heat, I see the light!
If this is important to you and to your children, YOU must get your friends together and make every single person of responsibility feel the heat. The gender activists are used to bullying elected office holders into silence or complicity. Make sure your representatives know you will stand with them when they have the courage to stand with you and your children. Silence is not an option!