Assembly Republican Press Release -
Assemblyman Ron Dancer introduced legislation committing the legal assistance of the attorney general to New Jersey schools threated with the loss of federal funding for failing to meet the Obama administration’s new guidelines for transgender students provided our schools are fully compliant with New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination.
“We are witnessing an unprecedented overreach by the federal government,” said Dancer (R—Ocean). “Schools in New Jersey have educated students of all races, religions and genders, without discrimination, for decades. In 2006, New Jersey amended the Law Against Discrimination to specifically provide that “Gender Identity or Expression” is now a protected class against discrimination.”
Last month, in a letter to more than 16,000 school districts that receive some form of federal funding, the Federal Department of Education declared that requiring transgender students to use same-sex restroom facilities violates Title IX, the 1972 law prohibiting discrimination based on sex. The guidance letter suggests that schools failing to follow the guidelines risk losing federal money.
Under Dancer’s bill (A3976), should the State’s Attorney General find that the policy of a school on the treatment of transgender students is in compliance with New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination, then the state’s top legal talents from the attorney general’s office will be ready to defend our schools from having its’ federal aid reduced or eliminated.
“This legislation will not only further New Jersey’s public policy on protecting all students against discrimination, but at the same time, recognize and protect the privacy rights of all students as well,” said Dancer. “No student should be accessing same-sex facilities, such as, bath rooms, showers and locker rooms as a thrill seeker for the sole purpose of violating the privacy rights of another student.”