Concerned Parents Applaud Trump Administration’s Preservation of Title IX Protections

Concerned Parents Applaud Trump Administration’s

Preservation of Title IX Protections

 

Fairfax, VA – Tonight Civil Rights offices of the Departments of Justice and Education released a long awaited revision of guidance on the application of Title IX to transgender students.

“Concerned Parents and Educators in Virginia and across the country are relieved by this clarification from the Trump Administration,” explained Meg Kilgannon, Executive Director of Concerned Parents and Educators. “The Departments of Justice and Education have formally rescinded the reckless and harmful guidance previously offered on this controversial issue. Title IX protections for women and girls are too important to sacrifice on the altar of an imagined new class of civil rights for the gender confused. Similarly, public schools are for everyone, including people of Christian, Muslim, Jewish, or other faiths, whose beliefs were ignored and insulted under previous guidance.”

“Parents and teachers everywhere deplore bullying and harassment,” she continued, “Especially when it takes the form of the invasion of intimate spaces by persons of the opposite biological sex. Students and school communities do not need heavy-handed, top down federal guidance to ‘ensure that all students, including LGBT students, are able to learn and thrive in a safe environment.’ Local communities and school districts across the Commonwealth of Virginia — Fairfax, Prince William, Loudoun County and beyond —  can now have a reasoned conversation about how to best accommodate ALL children and students, including those struggling with gender identity issues. Parents and families must be respected as the primary educators of children rather than overpowered by the reckless overreach of federal bureaucracies or special interest groups.”

Concerned Parents and Educators thanks President Trump, Attorney General Sessions, and Secretary DeVos for returning authority to local communities in the resolution of this controversial matter. We await with great anticipation the decision in the Gloucester County case and look forward to working with school officials on the state and local level to create educational environments of achievement and success for all students,” Kilgannon concluded.

Concerned Parents and Educators is a diverse coalition of parents, teachers, and stakeholders in Northern Virginia. For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact 703-507-5998.

 

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Concerned Parents on SCOTUS decision to hear VA Case

CPEFC on Supreme Court Decision to Hear VA Case

(Fairfax, VA) Concerned Parents and Educators of Fairfax County (CPEFC) released a statement today regarding the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Gloucester County School Board v. G.G., probably sometime this winter.

“This case will have far reaching implications for students in both Gloucester and Fairfax Counties, around the Commonwealth, and across the country. Issues of privacy, personal safety, and respect for religious and cultural values will be important factors for the Justices to consider. Many individual rights conflict in this case. We look forward to a ruling that maintains common sense protections for personal spaces of women and children and the protection of gains for women made under Title IX.

“While this case deals with bathroom privacy, the implications for student locker rooms and hotel rooms must not be forgotten. The Supreme Court must uphold fundamental truths about the dignity of each human person and protect personal spaces for both men and women,” said Meg Kilgannon, Executive Director of Concerned Parents and Educators of Fairfax County.

Fairfax County Public School’s controversial Policy 1450 regarding treatment of transgendered students and staff is on hold pending the outcome of this decision. Parents have voiced strong objection to Policy 1450 since its speedy passage in May of 2016.

“Regardless of the Supreme Court’s decision on this particular case, our society has to grapple with these issues and determine how to preserve the rights of those most vulnerable, protect children from dangerous fads of pseudoscience, and treat all people with dignity and respect,” Kilgannon concluded.

CPEFC Demands Resignation of Fairfax Democrat Party Official

(Fairfax, VA) Concerned Parents and Educators of Fairfax County (CPEFC) released a statement today calling for the resignation of Sue Langley in response to the Fairfax County Democratic Committee Chair’s disrespectful call for the resignation of Fairfax County School Board member Elizabeth Schultz.

“To demonize an American citizen for supporting the nominee of her party for President of the United States is simply unacceptable. Are we now living in the People’s Republic of Fairfax? Do all thoughts and ideas have to be approved by Sue Langley? How dare she make disparaging comments that trivialize the legitimate concerns of parents who disagree with her?” asked Meg Kilgannon, Executive Director of Concerned Parents and Educators of Fairfax County.

Earlier in the day, Ms. Langley put out a statement cataloguing Ms. Schultz’s defense of parents and students regarding FCPS’s transgender Policy 1450, which allows males to access to school facilities including bathrooms, lockers and hotel rooms on school trips, previously reserved for female students, and vice versa. She went on to call Ms. Schultz an extremist bigot.

“Ms. Langley’s inability to have a civil conversation on issues of importance to the parents of Fairfax County sets a poor example. Since she cannot defend the nine school board members who voted with reckless disregard to fling wide the doors of bathrooms, locker rooms and hotel rooms at the risk of the safety of our school children, she must instead attack one of the few defenders of parents and children on the Fairfax County School Board, Elizabeth Schultz,” Kilgannon continued.

“Under former Fairfax County School Board Chair Pat Hynes, parent voices were ignored and no consideration was allowed for opposing viewpoints or rational debate of Policy 1450. If the Public Comment segment of recent school board meetings is any indication, Fairfax County parents have plenty to say on this controversial topic,” she said.

“It’s interesting that even in victory for her point of view, Ms. Langley will not be satisfied until those opposed to her views are eliminated.  She will bully and threaten public servants in an attempt to destroy. Ms. Langley represents partisan politics at its worst. If anyone here is an extremist bigot, it’s Ms. Langley. She should apologize to Ms. Schultz and resign immediately to minimize embarrassment for Democrats in Fairfax County,” Kilgannon concluded.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Concerned Parents and Educators at 202-930-5347 or www.concernedparentsandeducators.org

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CPEFC Congratulates Prince William County Parents

Fairfax, VA — Concerned Parents and Educators of Fairfax County (CPEFC) today released the following statement regarding the win for parents in Prince William County last night.

“Because parents spoke out on behalf of all children in Prince William, the School Board in Prince William County was forced to delay a final vote on changing their nondiscrimination policy to include sexual orientation and gender identity. It is wonderful to see parents engaging in this debate. When parents get involved, the community wins,” explained Meg Kilgannon, Executive Director.

“When we faced this situation in Fairfax, we had a compressed timeline for debate which was designed to eliminate public involvement or parent comment. We see now, by virtue of what happened in Prince William, why Fairfax County School Board Chairman (at the time) Pat Hynes used such heavy-handed, debate-stifling tactics. Parents know and can articulate why these policy overreaches are unneeded, illegal, and end up creating more problems than they solve,“ Kilgannon continued.

“Congratulations to the parents and families in Prince William County. Their victory is our victory; their fight is our fight. Concerned Parents and Educators of Fairfax County will continue to work to engage parents and inform the public about this situation. The Public Trust has been broken, both in Fairfax and Prince William Counties. School boards across the Commonwealth and across the country should expect much more scrutiny from parents because of the reckless and ill-considered actions here in Fairfax,” she concluded.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Concerned Parents and Educators of Fairfax County at 202-930-5347.

CPEFC Statement on TX ruling on transgender use of public school bathrooms and locker rooms

For Immediate Release

August 22, 2016

Fairfax, VA — Concerned Parents and Educators of Fairfax County released a statement on the decision of a Texas U.S. District Court to block President Obama’s guidance directive on the use of public school bathrooms and locker rooms by transgender students.

“Many parents in Fairfax County and all over the country are relieved that their children can return to school without worrying about personal safety and invasions of privacy in locker rooms and gender separate classes. Our daughters can return to PE class without worrying they may be forced to dress or undress in front of a biological male. Our sons can travel with school teams or arts groups without worrying they might be assigned to share a room with a biological female,” Kilgannon explained.

“This injunction gives us a valuable opportunity to have a conversation in Fairfax County and all over the country about what is best for ALL families and students. Fairfax County School Board’s Policy 1450 (and additional regulations) were handed down without reasonable time for consideration or debate by parents or the taxpaying public. If we are really seeking the best outcome for all children, then a reasoned and deliberate process must be undertaken to determine exactly what IS best for children in Fairfax County Public Schools, especially those experiencing gender dysphoria,” she continued.

“In addition, there has been very little discussion about what these gender identity regulations mean for teachers, especially teachers of faith. Can we compel a practicing Catholic public school teacher to use a pronoun that doesn’t fit the biology of the human person? This is a question than can now be fully explored and answered on the state and local level, as is proper in our American educational system.

“The rights of ALL students and teachers must be respected, but never at the expense of the rights of anyone else,” Kilgannon concluded.

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For more information please contact, Meg Kilgannon at 202-930-5347 or executivedirector@concernedparentsandeducators.org