This well-researched and evidence-based proposal is an essential work towards protecting young American lives. Public education systems have the responsibility of serving all of our students. To do this, they simply must provide responsive, inclusive, and safe learning environments. This kind of proposal is much needed, and frankly, overdue.
Virginia, join your fellow state, Oregon, in establishing a strong base for student rights and care. Policies that actively support transgender students are associated with higher rates of school attendance, higher academic achievement, and improvements in both mental and physical health for our student population. These policies lift up learning for our communities and families, and protect young people from hate. This is an opportunity to aid in achieving peace and security for all American students. This work never ends, and Oregon continues to learn more and do more, just as Virginia can.
As public entities serving our diverse communities, we should always act with the most vulnerable students in mind. This policy would protect previously vulnerable students and create safer, more inclusive learning environments. All students who have ever felt vulnerable can benefit from this work. Let's do it!