Laura Woods: Ignore Obama Guidelines on Transgender Student Discrimination

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Sen. Laura Waters-Woods.

Sen. Laura Waters-Woods.

State Sen. Laura Woods wrote on Facebook Sunday that Colorado should ignore President Obama’s mandate that public schools allow students to use the bathroom corresponding the gender they identify with.

But ignoring the federal rule, as advocated by Woods, would apparently run counter to Colorado law, which, since 2008, has allowed transgender people to use bathrooms that correspond to their gender identity. There has been no assualts resulting from the Colorado policy.

Woods wrote on Facebook May 21:

Woods: So, the U.S. Department of Education is now dictating school bathroom policies? This is absurd. Their new policy will completely undermine local control. Plain and simple, this is none of their business and totally beyond Congressional intent in the enactment of Title IX. Therefore, it is a policy Colorado should ignore.

In making its decision earlier this month, the Obama Administration determined that forcing a transgender child to use the bathroom corresponding to the sex on his or her birth certificate would amount to sex descrimination.

Obama’s guidelines ensure that “transgender students enjoy a supportive and nondiscriminatory school environment,” according to the administration.

Woods, who represents the Westminster area and does not return my calls, is being challenged by Democrat Rachel Zenzinger. The outcome of the race will likely determine which party controls state government.

7 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    What Ms. Woods doesn't say is that "local control" could be an element of a police state. Would there be cops stationed in all schools to make sure kids use the bathroom corresponding to their sex at birth? And maybe each kid has to carry a birth certificate along as proof; sort of like the identity cards in the old Soviet Union. 

    • notaskinnycook says:

      yes, C.H.B.

    • mamajama55 says:

      We don't even have school resource officers (SROs) available for actual crimes most of the time. At most, they'll be in a building for a couple of hours, or showing up for truancy or other court hearings,  or stationed within a mile if there's a real fight on campus. Some of the larger urban school districts have full time SROs.

      The School Resource Officer program funding was one component of the COPS community policing program – an item in the last DoJ budget that was fought tooth and nail by our friendly GOP representatives. You know, the same people who want to arm teachers in the schools to keep kids safer.

      So yeah – the "Potty Police" might be a real selling point for some of the Tea Party folks like Woods – maybe they'll vote for School Resource Officers just to make that happen.

      • Voyageur says:

        That's the Republican economic plan, MJ.   Hire 1 million more ICE police to run the mass deportations.  One million new Potty Police to ensure the politically correct poop goes into the pipes before it all mingles in the sewer, two million more border patrolmen to be sure none of the deportees sneak back, a million more TSA cops to keep out any Muslims, 100,000 new FBI agents to investigate Rafael Cruz's role in JFK's assassination, and presto! full employment.

  2. Arvadonian1 says:

    She's a mess.  A real mess.

  3. At last we've found a use for those overly-revealing 1st gen TSA scanners!

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