TRENTON, N.J. — Governor Phil Murphy’s administration doesn’t think parents have any right to know about their children’s gender “preferences” at school.
That policy is codified in new guidelines espoused by the state Department of Education directing all New Jersey schools to acknowledge any student’s declared gender identity without parental input or intervention of any kind.
The policy is all-encompassing. Students must also be referred to by their preferred gender identity (including pronouns) by school officials and staff regardless of whether an actual legal change has occurred, and students must be allowed to use whichever locker room or bathroom corresponds with their delayed choice.
There’s one narrow exception.
“There may be instances where a parent or guardian of a minor student disagrees with the student regarding the name and pronoun to be used at school and in the student’s education records. A parent or guardian may object to the minor student’s name change request,” the policy explains.
You can check out the new guidelines for yourself by clicking here.
The move is guaranteed to remain controversial.
“Government will decide whether or not you are informed that your son or daughter is a son or a daughter. Perhaps even worse is that the kids themselves will have to bear the burden. So kids, who have not yet reached or are barely into puberty, are now empowered to make the monumental decision to change their gender,” opined NJ 101.5 host Bill Spadea on Thursday evening.