NW suburban high school district weighs transgender access policy

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Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 board member Pete Dombrowski, right, proposes a districtwide policy on access to gender-specific facilities as fellow board member Robert LeFevre Jr. listens. | Eric Peterson / Daily Herald

Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 board members are considering a district-wide policy that would give transgender students access to school facilities.

The Daily Herald reports board members of proposed the policy Thursday.

Last year, the district reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights to give a transgender student at Fremd High School in Palatine access to the girls’ locker room.

The agreement saved the district from losing up to $6 million a year in federal funding for violating discrimination laws. A districtwide plan is not required by that agreement.

Board members say they want see what other districts are doing and get input from principals.

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