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Gradebook podcast: Transgender students in Florida schools – Sarasota County’s approach

After more than two years of debate, the Sarasota County school district adopted a new guideline on handling transgender student rights.
Transgender activists and supporters attend a 2016 Sarasota County School Board meeting. [Thomas Bender | Herald-Tribune]
Transgender activists and supporters attend a 2016 Sarasota County School Board meeting. [Thomas Bender | Herald-Tribune]
Published Oct. 25, 2018

Schools in Florida and around the nation continue to grapple with how to treat transgender students. Which restrooms and locker rooms should they use? Which gender pronouns should school employees select to refer to the students? Do other students and their families have a right to know?

The Sarasota County school district has debated the issues since 2016, when some students demanded their rights not be trampled upon. This week, the district superintendent quietly released a new policy guideline for the treatment of transgender students.

Herald-Tribune reporter Elizabeth Djinis joins Times reporter Jeff Solochek for a discussion on the issue, which again has heated up as the Trump administration ponders a more limited definition of gender.

Related coverage: Sarasota County Schools to release transgender guidelines, Herald-Tribune