That’s the question at the center of a controversy that erupted in June — after a transgender student at Rocklin Academy Gateway, a charter school in northern California, brought the children’s book “I Am Jazz” to school to share with classmates.
The book chronicles the life of a real transgender girl named Jazz Jennings.
In a vote this past Monday night after an impassioned, emotional debate, the Rocklin school board decided to keep its current literature policies in place, which allow similar types of books to be read to children during story time. But the board passed a provision requiring parents to be given advance notice if potentially controversial subject matter will be discussed in class.
Some parents raised objections that they were not notified, while others at the meeting supported the school’s policies and did not object to the reading material.
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Wendy Sickler, a parent of two children at the school, said her “concern is that a book that was read was outside the curriculum, and it was a sensitive topic, and the parents weren’t notified.”
Sickler said she’s not opposed to a transgender child being in the classroom.
“I know that our kids are going to be exposed to different lifestyles, and that to me reinforces that they should notify parents,” she said, according to The Sacramento Bee — adding that she thinks additional changes are needed other than the issues brought before the school board.
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According to the newspaper, Beryl Mayne, of Auburn, arrived before the meeting with other members of the LGBT community holding signs that said: “Trans Rights Are Human Rights,” “Trans Kids Have Courage,” and “Love and Let Love.”
“It’s important tonight to support transgender children. It’s not about me. It’s about transgender children,” Mayne told The Bee.
After the vote, one school board member urged the community to come together and move forward now that a decision had been made.
“Please let this end tonight,” Larry Steiner said, according to the publication. “We cannot forget Rocklin Academy is a school of choice. The hostility has to end. Let’s bring back our sense of community.”
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