With Bathroom Bill Failure, Local Schools 'Accommodating' Transgender Kids

The so-called bathroom bill failed to gain traction in the Texas legislature, and ultimately was left on the scrap heap of the special session, but there is some fallout now that kids and their parents are headed back to school, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

The heated debate over limiting bathroom use to someone's birth sex has some parents now questioning whether their children go to class with a transgender student.

Northside ISD Superintendent Dr. Brian Woods, who was a vocal opponent of the legislation, says they're ready if that question comes up.

"We're accomodating students," he tells Newsradio 1200 WOAI. "We would accommodate your child if they need something.  We're accomodating students as best we can."

The bill was prodded by the group Texas Values that, during the special session, released the results of a survey of Republican voters found that found 84.7 percent do not believe that boys who claim they are girls should be allowed to use girls’ intimate facilities in public schools.

“This survey confirms what we’ve known all along - that a majority of Republicans are in favor protecting privacy in our showers, locker rooms, and changing areas," Jonathan Saenz, President of Texas Values Action, said in a statement.

Dr. Woods says that at a district level, so far, they have not received any questions about transgender students using communal locker rooms or restrooms.

"What we have received is communication from parents and transgender students about accommodations and how we are going to make it work and, again, that's not a new thing," he explains.

He says, while the spotlight is on transgender bathroom use now, this is something schools have been working with for years, so these type of concerns should be nothing new.

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