Richmond School Board offers a special lesson in how the Virginia Freedom of Information Act is not supposed to work.
There is no national standard for sexual health education in the United States. Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlines 16 citical sexual education topics which it recommends, it is still up to each state to determine if, and what, is taught in schools.
Early last year, we submitted non-discrimination policies regarding transgender students to all 50 states Department of Education as well as a few major cities across the U.S. We received 50 very different responses, varying from merely suggested policies to fully formed plans with structure and consequence.
Last year, Wyoming sued over federal Title IX expansions that included gender identity. Meanwhile, Vermont is a decade-ahead in expanding transgender student rights.
The Oregon Department of Education has responded to a request for LGBT protections within their schools with a fee estimate of $260 - over five times the previously highest estimate we’ve seen for the same information.