Fort Worth ISD changes transgender policy to mirror AG Paxton's opinion

Forth Worth ISD, the school district that triggered a passionate debate when it announced restroom guidelines for transgender students, is pledging to work more closely with parents on matters affecting LGBT children.
 
Fort Worth Superintendent Kent Scribner said Wednesday that transgender guidelines have been condensed and that each student will be handled on a "case-by-case basis."
 
Earlier guidelines noted that transitioning to a different gender is a private matter and that students could choose whether to have their parents involved. Scribner now says parents will be brought into the fold earlier, unless it would prove harmful to a child.
 
In a news release, Scribner said that the new guidelines are "more clear, more concise and place trust in those most involved to find the right answers for each child."
 
Attorney General Ken Paxton had earlier criticized the state's sixth-largest school district but in a statement Wednesday he praised it for taking steps to comply with state law.
 
Paxton's full statement is as follows:
 
I applaud the Fort Worth Independent School District for revising its guideline to ensure it complies with state law and my recent attorney general opinion.  This guideline now allows school officials to consider the needs of students and their families on a case-by-case basis while considering the health and safety of all students.  As a result, the Fort Worth guideline is in line with a policy adopted by Harrold Independent School District.  Unfortunately, the Obama administration disagrees with allowing school officials to make common-sense, case-by-case choices.  My office is proudly representing Harrold ISD in litigation against the federal government and stands ready to do the same for Fort Worth ISD.
 
 
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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