Since when does a public school, civil servants, determine what a parent knows about their child or not?
Evidently in New York, now is that time.
“The teacher uses Aliyah (she/her) to address the student in class but uses Alfonzo (he/him) when talking to other staff, faculty, and her parents.”
“Schools will want to work closely with the student and their parents/guardians, if given permission by the student to involve them in the planning, in devising an appropriate plan...”
“Some TGE students ...may begin their transition at school without parent/guardian knowledge.”
“EXAMPLE: A student with the legal name Kevin comes out as a transgender girl and asks teachers to call her Kimi and use she/her pronouns. She is not out to her parents and requests that teachers and administration continue to use her legal name with her parents for the time being. The teachers call her Kimi and use she/her pronouns at school. When calling home for any reason, teachers use the name Kevin and he/him pronouns. Kimi writes “KD” on her papers to avoid her parents seeing her affirmed name.”
These quotes came directly from the New York State Regents arm of the State Education Department who issued “Creating a Safe, Supportive, and Affirming School Environment for Transgender and Gender Expansive Students: 2023 Legal Update and Best Practices.”
There is a dozen or more examples of how schools are encouraged to lying to parents and these civil servants deceiving parents about issues with the parents’ minor children.
Once that child is 18, as an adult, everything changes: They can vote, join the military, drink alcohol in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands (as it is in most of the world but not the 50 states) and generally do anything most adults wish.
At 21 they can buy cannabis and alcohol.
One would think that with laws like that how is it that the child and school can lie to parents?
Contact your state Assemblyman/woman and your State Senator. Contact Commissioner of Education Betty A. Rosa, and our local Regents representative, Ms. Frances G. Wills.
Let them know what you think. I have.
Jack C. Collins
MSG, US Army Retired