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Transgender Toolkit for MN Schools Based on Controversial Obama Rule

A controversial transgender and gender nonconforming “resource toolkit” drafted by the Minnesota Department of Education’s (MDE) School Safety Technical Assistance Council recently caught the attention of 67 Minnesota legislators. The 29 page document — “Toolkit to Ensure Safe and Supportive Schools for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students” — purports to be a compilation of “best practices that schools can use" to address gender identity. The toolkit is based on a controversial Title IX transgender policy imposed by the Obama administration that is no longer in effect. ...

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Unacceptable Racism and Sexism From House Minority Leader

This is simply unacceptable: House Minority Leader Melissa Hortman engaged in blatant racism and sexism on the floor of the Minnesota House last night: “I hate to break up the 100 percent white male card game in the retiring room, but I think this is an important debate,” House Minority Leader Melissa Hortman, of Brooklyn Park, said during a House session on Monday evening. If Ms. Hortman wanted to complain that a bipartisan group of legislators was taking a break from the House debate in the retiring room--which I take it is what the retiring room is for--fine. But irrelevantly dragging race...

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A Day Without a Woman?

Did you know it is International Women’s Day? I confess, I did not get the memo. I apologize to women everywhere. I should have worn RED and taken the day off to wallow in my oppression and complain about my First World Problems to make sure that my value at work and home are appreciated but honestly, it was a packed day. After shaking off overwhelming and daily feelings of gender-oppression, I kicked myself into high gear. ...

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Dayton Outraged Because Federal Government No Longer Regulates Bathrooms

President Trump has revoked the Obama administration's bizarre "guidance" asserting that federal law required every public school in America to sponsor co-ed bathrooms and showers on behalf of those who "identify" with the opposite sex. How the federal government has to constitutional authority to regulate the gender composition of bathrooms was never explained. You might think that governors would appreciate the fact that an absurd Washington overreach has been withdrawn, leaving states, towns and schools to pursue the policies they think best. But, as to Governor Dayton, you would be wrong. Dayton attacked the administration's action yesterday: “I strongly disagree with the...

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The Transgender Tragedy

Our American Experiment colleague Kathy Kersten has an article in this month's First Things that I will try to summarize, but that you simply need to read. The subject is the transgender "movement" that seems to have taken America by storm. Kathy begins with the story of Nova Academy, a top-notch charter school in Minnesota that was blown apart when a couple enrolled their five-year-old son--if I can still describe him (?) as such--who, they said, was "gender non-conforming" and "a boy who likes girl things." No one really expects five-year-old boys to be macho men in the first place, but...

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