Wisconsin State Court Rules Against School’s Gender Transitioning Policy

A Wisconsin state court has ruled against a school district policy that allowed transgender students to socially transition to a different gender identity at school without notifying their parents. The court found that the policy violated parents’ constitutional rights.

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A group of parents filed the case claiming that the Kettle Moraine School District had allowed their daughter to socially transition to a male identity at school without their knowledge or consent. The parents said that they were not aware of their daughter’s gender identity until she was 16 years old and that they were not involved in any decisions about her social transition.

The school district argued that it had a responsibility to protect the privacy of transgender students and that it was acting in the best interests of the student in question. However, the court found that the school district’s policy violated parents’ fundamental right to decide about their children’s upbringing.

Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Maxwell’s ruling is a significant victory for parents’ rights advocates. It is also a setback for transgender rights advocates, who argue that transgender students need to be able to transition at school to be safe and supported socially.

“Parents’ rights to direct the upbringing and education of their children is one of the most basic constitutional rights every parent holds dear,” said ADF Senior Counsel Kate Anderson, director of the ADF Center for Parental Rights.

“Yet we are seeing more and more school districts across the country not only ignoring parents’ concerns but actively working against them. The court was right to respect the serious concerns of these parents by holding that Kettle Moraine School District’s policy, which undermines parents and harms children, violates the Wisconsin Constitution.”

The ruling is expected to be appealed, and it could have implications for school districts across the country.


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