-- With a law that spells out the rights of transgender students in grades K-12 set to take effect in California, school districts are reviewing locker room layouts, scheduling sensitivity training for coaches, assessing who will sleep where during overnight field trips and reconsidering senior portrait dress codes.
But administrators, counselors, teachers and school
board members also are watching and waiting. The law, the nation's first
requiring public schools to let children use sex-segregated facilities
and participate in the gender-specific activities of their choice, could
end up suspended within days of its Jan. 1 launch if a referendum to
repeal it qualifies for the November ballot.
To obtain a public
vote on the law, passed by the legislature and signed by Gov. Jerry
Brown, a coalition of conservative groups called Privacy for All
Students has collected hundreds of thousands of signatures. Counties
have until Jan. 8 to verify them through random spot-checking.
Depending on how many are found to be valid, the secretary of state
will approve the referendum, determine that it failed or order a review
of every signature.
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