Examples of Policies and Emerging Practices for Supporting Transgender Students

April 2019
U.S. Department of Education Office of Elementary and Secondary Education Office of Safe and Healthy Students

The U.S. Department of Education (“ED”) is committed to providing schools with the information they need to provide a safe, supportive, and nondiscriminatory learning environment for all students. It has come to ED’s attention that many transgender students (i.e., students whose gender identity is different from the sex they were assigned at birth) report feeling unsafe and experiencing verbal and physical harassment or assault in school, and that these students may perform worse academically when they are harassed. School administrators, educators, students, and parents are asking questions about how to support transgender students and have requested clarity from ED. In response, ED developed two documents: 

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