The State Board of Education holds its final public session Tuesday on controversial guidelines to help schools come up with plans to deal with gay and transgender students.
If adopted, the voluntary guidelines for schools cover allowing students to choose how they are gender-identified, which bathrooms they can use, and what their names and pronouns are.
Board President John Austin says LGBT kids are more likely to skip school, struggle academically, and attempt suicide than other students. He says that’s a reality schools have to address.
“They have a right to a great education, and we want to help them live and learn successfully,” he said.
Critics include Republican state lawmakers who have introduced budget sanctions on the board, which is controlled by Democrats. They say the guidelines ignore the wishes of parents.