Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Ritz/Pence Split on Transgender Bathroom Ruling

It's probably not a surprise that Gov. Pence and Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz would not agree on the Obama administration's guidance on allowing transgender students to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with, not, as the North Carolina legislature would require, the one on their birth certificate.

Gov. Pence: “I have long believed that education is a state and local function. Policies regarding the security and privacy of students in our schools should be in the hands of Hoosier parents and local schools, not bureaucrats in Washington, DC.” (That may seem like a sound byte from 1950's Arkansas, but it is Pence's 2016 position. The Department of Education says this is a civil rights issue, which the federal government has been involved for seven decades.)

Superintendent Ritz: “In Indiana, we have already seen schools take steps to ensure that their students and staff feel safe regardless of race, religion, sex or gender identity. I will support their efforts, and will continue to ensure that all students have the opportunity to learn in a safe and welcoming environment.”

You can read more at the Statehouse Files here.