School policy for transgender students sparks controversy

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ELGIN, Ill. -- A newly implemented transgender student policy is causing huge division within a suburban school district.

In the Elgin Area School District U-46, the second largest in the state next to Chicago, there is division over the implementation of transgender students' needs.

At issue is the administration's decision to allow a transgender middle-school student's use of the locker room that corresponds with that student's gender identity.

That policy was put in place by CEO Tony Sanders on September 6th. A district spokesman told WGN News that the policy is in line with state and federal law. No formal board vote on the matter was taken or necessary.

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The issue was brought to the public's attention largely by board member Jeanette Ward who opposes the new transgender policy.

Before, district policy was to allow a transgender student to use a locker room whichever they choose when other students were not present.

Monday night some spoke against the new policy. Others spoke very much in favor of it.

Those who oppose the new policy repeatedly said they felt like they were blindsided and were not given enough heads up that this policy was going to be enforced.

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