October 10, 2018: NV Attorney General Finds Clark County School District in Violation of Open Meeting Laws.
During the Gender Diverse Meetings held by the Clark County School District, parents quickly became upset when they were categorized by their viewpoint (asked before the meeting began), limited in their time to speak based on viewpoint and cutoff during their testimonies based on viewpoint. After the series of meetings took place, official complaints were made to the Attorney General's office and they indeed found CCSD in violation of the Open Meeting Laws.
Despite these complaints continually being brought up by parents in future meetings, the process rolled on and the CCSD Board of Trustees passed their Gender Diverse Policy despite the majority. EVEN when parents expressed that a Gender Diverse Policy was needed but wanted to make sure it was actually fair and equitable to all students and didn't infringe on constitutional rights, they were ignored and trustees passed their poorly written policy as is. Read the full decision here: http://bit.ly/2EfjWMC
Although other complaints were not "technically" in violation contained in this ruling, they absolutely were unethical and in blatant disregard for parents in this district.
Stay tuned for the announcement for the date of the next Nevada Legislative Commission Meeting wherein they will likely vote in a similar regulation by Nevada Ready which will be mandated to all public/charter schools in the state of Nevada.
September 6, 2018: NV Legislative Commission Meeting Recap
It’s been 1 week since the Nevada Legislative Commission Meeting where the Gender Diverse Regulation was taken off of the agenda. While our success lies in the fact that it was pulled due to parental concerns that the legislators wanted to address, please remember the item is still up for vote at the next meeting-date to be determined. This has not gone away so we still need to remind legislators that this regulation has too many problems to pass it. The process was done in an unethical manner and it infringes on the constitutional rights of all students in Nevada. Especially their 1st Amendment Right and their constitutional right to privacy. There will be unintended legal consequences!
At Power2Parent, we do NOT dispute that children are transgender or speak out against gender diversity. We know this is real-WE ARE PARENTS and we ALL have children with diverse backgrounds, unique circumstances, disabilities, and other challenges. We maintain that GOOD regulations protect ALL children and their rights and include parents in the process.
Here is a recap of what happened at the meeting and the PASSING of the new Social Studies Regulation. You don’t want to miss the importance of that information. The testimony about the new regulation was heart wrenching and brought many tears from people passionate about our country to first generation immigrants pleading with the Commission not to go down this road of removing American standards.
“I am struck by the anger and divisiveness in the language,” Mortensen said. “The pages of this regulation are littered with words like discrimination, oppression, scarcity, conflict, genocide and human rights violation.”
“The proudest moment of my life is when I took the oath of citizenship,” said one hispanic mom who said she had come to this country with her parents in 1977 fleeing the Castro regime in Cuba. “You were born in this country,” she added addressing the legislators. “What are you doing? How could you trample on the blood of the people who have died for this country? Please! I’m afraid that we are adopting another Cuba, where our kids don’t understanding anything about where we have come from.”
Read the rest of the story here: https://bit.ly/2M5pXdB
August 29, 2018: BREAKING NEWS
BREAKING NEWS: This morning we received word that the NV Legislative Commission has pulled the department of education's Gender Diverse Regulation from the agenda tomorrow. The legislators heard your concerns and will hear the regulation at the next commission meeting. IT IS MORE IMPERATIVE THAN EVER THAT WE SHOW UP TOMORROW IN THOUSANDS to back up our concerns with our presence, testimony, and continued emails.
There are REAL PROBLEMS with the PROCESS to which the Gender Diverse regulation AND the Social Studies regulation were crafted. The Nevada Department of Education has circumvented the public/parents/stake holders for both and with the gender diverse regulation leaned HEAVILY on activist organizations like Gender Justice Nevada. WE MUST TELL THEM THIS TOMORROW!
PARENTS & STAKEHOLDERS ARE INFORMED, INVOLVED AND OUR VOICES ARE POWERFUL-WE WON'T BACK DOWN.
SOCIAL STUDIES REGULATION STILL ON AGENDA: We are being told that in the Social Studies Regulation, topics aren't being removed like the Pledge of Allegiance, certain holidays, important US dates, etc., HOWEVER, Power2Parent has read all 130+ pages and cannot see that they are not so we still have BIG concerns. We need to question them about the details of the regulation: https://bit.ly/2PPuELv.
PLEASE SHARE and call your friends/family, let them know that it's important we show up now more than ever-they are on alert and they know we are!
Southern Nevada Location: 9:00 AM-555 E. Washington Ave. in the Grant Sawyer Building next to Cashman Field Northern Nevada Location: 9:00 AM-Carson City located at the Legislative Building, Room 4100, 401 South Carson Street.
August 27, 2018: CALL TO ACTION: State Gender Diverse Meeting 8/30
On Thursday August 30th, at 9:00 a.m. there will be an important hearing on a regulation from the Nevada Department of Education. The hearing will take place in Las Vegas at the Grant Sawyer Building located at 555 E. Washington Ave., and in Carson City located at the Legislative Building, Room 4100, 401 South Carson Street. In the 2017 Legislative session, Senate Bill 225 (SB225) was passed in an effort to expand training for employees of school districts. The training was supposed to include methods on responding to students with learning disabilities, autism, and gender diverse students. Since then, the Nevada Department of Education (NVDOE) has proposed a statewide regulation that goes way beyond the requirements of SB225. If approved, this policy proposal will require every charter school and school district in Nevada to implement a transgender policy that requires the following:
Open restrooms, locker rooms, and hotel rooms on overnight field trips to members of the opposite sex if they feel they are transgender.
Mandate that all students, employees and volunteers use the pronoun chosen by the gender diverse individual including calling a singular person “they,” or other “pronouns” like “zie,” “zir,” and “hir.” Disciplinary measure must be in place for those who do not use grammatically incorrect pronouns (i.e. “they” referring to a singular person) or a pronoun that does not match the actual gender of an individual.
Does not protect children from anti-bullying education curriculum which can teach that gender is “assigned at birth,” is fluid, and is not related to biology.
Privacy concerns in bathrooms, locker rooms and hotel rooms in this proposal are just the beginning. The NVDOE is asking the Legislative Commission to approve mandated speech with regard to pronouns, essentially forcing everyone to embrace another person’s reality, or face disciplinary action.
Senator Parks, (sponsor of SB225) stated the following regarding his bill in the 2017 session: “This regulation simply must be a guiding document for all school districts to provide a safe and respectful learning environment for gender diverse students AND for kids with disabilities and autism. The state needs to show neutrality on the social aspects of this subject.”
This proposal is not neutral. This regulation, if approved by the committee, will enshrine special carve-outs for transgender individuals at the expense of privacy and free speech rights of students, faculty, and volunteers.It is critical for parents and stakeholders to come to this hearing and tell your representatives how you feel about this issue. We urge you to also write each of the following members on the committee and ask them not to approve this radical policy for the above reasons. You may copy and paste the following list into one email and send to all at once for your convenience:
The agenda for the meeting can be accessed here: Nevada Legislative Commission Agenda 8/30 We look forward to seeing you on Thursday at 9:00 a.m. As always, we rely on donations to continue our work and appreciate those who continue to support our efforts by donating below. Thank you.
June 19, 2018-Save the Dates! Gender Diverse Policy & CCSD Budget Issues
Hello Parents! A couple of issues here to discuss and some dates to save!
There are a few important upcoming meetings that would be great for parents to show up to. As we all know, CCSD has major school budgeting issues right now. It is our opinion, after researching the issue and speaking with experts, that at this point CCSD should be subject to a financial audit before moving forward with any other solution. On June 21st, we will be asking the Legislative Committee on Education for that. If you are a concerned parent about this issue or sit on an SOT Team for your child's school, it would be great to have you attend with us.
Next-We are also addressing the Gender Diverse Regulation that the Nevada Department of Education is implementing for the entire State of Nevada (separate regulation from CCSD's policy). Their first draft is out and there are some changes we would like to see happen so that all children are protected in this policy. We will be addressing the Legislative Commission on that topic before they decide to adopt it as is.
Lastly-We have been dealing with CCSD's Gender Diverse Policy for the district. We just attended that meeting last week and the next meeting to review the changes that were discussed Thursday night will be coming up in August. An email just went out this afternoon updating everyone. If you aren't on our email list, join here: www.power2parent.org.
Mark Your Calendars:
-Legislative Committee on Education-Ask for financial audit of CCSD June 21st 8:30 am at the Grant Sawyer Building-555 E. Washington Ave. Agenda-->https://bit.ly/2K2djyV
-Legislative Commission-Discuss the Nevada Department of Education's Gender Diverse Regulation for all schools in Nevada June 26th at 9:00 am at the Grant Sawyer Building-555 E. Washington Ave. Agenda will be posted here-->https://bit.ly/2JTirpS Gender Diverse Regulation-->https://bit.ly/2HDdAqS
-CCSD Board Meeting-Review & Discuss Changes made to their Gender Diverse Policy and for possible action August 9th Time & Place TBD Gender Diverse Policy-->https://bit.ly/2JoPwce
June 2018-What's new at Power2Parent?
The CCSD Gender Diverse Policy can be read here. The Clark County School District will be holding a meeting regarding the first version of their policy on June 14th at 6:00 pm at 500 S. Grand Central Pkwy. Please review the policy and invite out those you know with children in the district. Click here for the agenda.
On June 14th at 500 S. Grand Central Parkway at 6:00 pm, the Clark County School District will be discussing their new Gender Diverse Policy and possible action to adopt. Please review the policy and attend. Invite others with children in the district.
Click here to read the first version of the Gender Diverse Policy- bit.ly/2JoPwce
May 2018-Gender Policy Passed by NDE-Now onto Legislative Committee
On Friday, May 11th, the Nevada Department of Education passed state regulation language for gender diverse students. This regulation will go to the Legislative Committee on Education for final approval. Pursuant to the passage of SB225 in 2017, this regulation is a framework that obligates every district in the state to create its own transgender guideline or policy.
Through open records requests, Power2Parent discovered that the trans-activist group Gender Justice Nevada has influenced this process from the beginning. GJNV has a vested financial interest in our children seeking contracts to provide staff training and counseling services. This regulation is incomplete, and the writing process was unethically influenced by trans-activists who could gain financially if this regulation is approved by the Legislative Committee.
As of today, we do not know what day the regulation will come before the committee, but we will alert parents when it is posted.
This policy protects one demographic at the expense of others constitutionally protected rights as well as parental rights. It is incumbent on our legislators to fix this policy before its final passage. We urge you to contact your legislator and ask them to intervene.
These are the legislators who voted for SB225 that was packaged as expanded training for staff:
Assembly-Yes Anderson, Elliot Anderson, Paul Araujo, Nelson Benitez-Thompson, Teresa Bilbray-Axelrod, Shannon Brooks, Chris Bustamante Adams, Irene Carlton, Maggie Carrillo, Richard Cohen, Lesley Daly, Skip Diaz, Olivia Flores, Edgar Frierson, Jason Fumo, Ozzie Hambrick, John Jauregui, Sandra Joiner, Amber McCurdy II, William Miller, Brittney Monroe-Moreno, Daniele Neal, Dina Ohrenschall, James Pickard, Keith Spiegel, Ellen Sprinkle, Michael Swank, Heidi Thompson, Tyrone Tolles, Jill Watkins, Justin Yeager, Steve
Assembly-No Edwards, Chris Ellison, John Kramer, Al Krasner, Lisa Marchant, Jim McArthur, Richard Wheeler, Jim
Senate-Yes Atkinson, Kelvin Cancela, Yvanna Cannizzaro, Nicole Denis, Moises Farley, Patricia Ford, Aaron Gansert, Heidi Harris, Becky Manendo, Mark Parks, David Ratti, Julia Roberson, Michael Segerblom, Tick Spearman, Pat Woodhouse, Joyce
Senate-No Goicoechea, Pete Gustavson, Donald Hammond, Scott Hardy, Joseph Kieckhefer, Ben Settelmeyer, James Click here to find out who your State Senator and Assemblyman are.
We also have a very important primary coming up in Nevada on June 12th 2018. Early voting begins May 24th - June 8th.
As you are deciding how you will vote, there are many important questions to ask, like "Will this candidate stand up for my parental rights?" "How has this candidate defended parental rights in the past?"
The last day to register online to vote is May 24th. Click here to register today.
Thank you for continuing to stand with us in defense of parental rights.
May 11, 2018 NDE Public Hearing
Please mark your calendars for the Nevada Department of Education (DOE) public hearing on May 11th at 9:00 a.m. This meeting will be held at 9890 S. Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89183.
At this hearing the DOE will likely vote on the proposed state regulation language regarding a “safe and respectful learning environment” that every school in the state of Nevada will be obliged to adopt. This state policy will affect every single child in Nevada charter and public schools.
Senate Bill 225 (SB225) was passed in the last legislative session requiring additional training to staff “regarding pupils with disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, and sex/gender diverse students (encompassing sections 8(b), 9.2(b-c), 10.2, 12.1(a-f).” The proposed regulation language essentially expands the rights of sex/gender diverse students at the expense of privacy and freedom of speech of every student and ignores pupils with autism and disabilities.
Although the state has made minor changes since the last hearing, parents are still extremely concerned because the following points have not been adequately addressed.
Restroom/Locker room access.
Overnight field trips.
Compelled speech by teachers, volunteers, and students.
The DOE ignored the law which specifically directed the DOE to work with parent groups and others to develop the state policy and allowed a Trans-activist group to write the policy.
This proposal caters to one demographic (gender diverse) and is bad policy.
We have provided an analysis of SB225 as it compares to proposed state policy below. Please take a few minutes to review the analysis and come to the meeting on May 11th. We hope you will be able to testify about obvious shortcomings in this policy and how it will affect your family personally, especially if your girls are forced to change next to a biological boy in the locker room, or share a hotel room and possibly a bed with a member of the opposite sex on an overnight field trip.
If you have any questions, or need assistance with your testimony, please message us on Facebook.
Thank you for standing with us in defense of your parental rights. See you on May 11th!
The following points highlight the concerns of the parents and stakeholders we represent:
The language of SB225 deals primarily with expanded annual staff training regarding pupils with disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, and sex/gender diverse students (encompassing sections 8(b), 9.2(b-c), 10.2, 12.1(a-f). However, state regulation language expands application to students in areas of “curriculum, classroom activities, physical education, field trips, assemblies, dances, ceremonies and other school activities that are appropriate for pupils with diverse gender identities..”(State Regulation sec. 3.e.1). Students with disabilities and autism spectrum disorder and their needs with respect to the above concerns are omitted. In fact, there is no mention of these pupils in the regulation language with respect to additional training or addressing their needs.
The language of SB225 does not interpret NRS 651.070 (Public Accommodations) as mandating sex/gender diverse students gain access to restrooms, locker rooms, and hotel rooms that do not match their biological reality. However, state regulation language requires “each school governed by the policy fully complies with the requirements of NRS651.070 (sec 3(l)” Transgender activists insist that NRS 651.070 gives them the right to trample on the privacy rights of others by accessing private spaces not in alignment with their biological reality, however there is no legal precedent for this in Nevada. Senator Michael Roberson, an attorney, also testified to NVDOE on April 6th, that public enjoyment laws require a reasonable accommodation which protects privacy rights for everyone. Furthermore, section 6.3 of SB225 states that “every...restroom...gymnasium..and other areas on the premises must be maintained as a safe and respectful learning environment.” A young woman currently attending a CCSD high school reported that she has felt “uncomfortable” changing in front of a biological boy in her locker room. This uncomfortable locker room situation creates a hostile learning environment for her (story here). Section 2(a) of regulation language states that a policy should include "methods to ensure the protection and privacy of each person governed by the policy." The language of the regulation policy is contradictory because private spaces that are not sex-seperted violate the bodily privacy of every student.
Section 6.6(d) of SB 225 expressly states that "All persons in a school are entitled to maintain their own beliefs and respectfully disagree..." Section 6.7 continues, "the Legislature is not advocating or requiring the acceptance of differing beliefs in a manner that would inhibit the freedom of expression, but is requiring that pupils be free from physical, emotional, or mental abuse while at school..."Unfortunately, state regulation language requires that "each employee, volunteer and pupil, uses the name and pronouns chosen by persons with diverse gender identities and expressions in all verbal and written communications with such persons."Students, volunteers, and school employees under such mandates do not have the right to respectfully disagree and maintain their deeply held views that gender is affirmed at birth and is fixed. This state mandate inhibits freedom of expression, and requires individuals to speak words that are not true. A school cannot maintain a safe and respectful learning environment while violating beliefs of others by coercive speech requirements like this.
SB225 language states that “The Department shall, in consultation with the governing bodies, educational personnel, local associations and organizations of parents whose children are enrolled in schools throughout this State and individual parents and legal guardians whose children are enrolled in schools throughout this State, prescribe by regulation a policy for all school districts and schools to provide a safe and respectful learning environment that is free of bullying and cyber-bullying.” (section 9). An open records request has shown that the only group that had a seat at the policy writing table was the trans-activist non-profit Gender Justice Nevada. No other group, to our knowledge, was consulted in the policy writing process. The entire process of writing the state regulation language violates the requirements of SB225.
As parents who have children in districts enrolled in schools in every county and district throughout this state, we object to the process of writing state regulation language which has been hijacked by activists. The state must remain neutral on issues of gender identity when creating policy. Good policy applies equally to every student with “differing beliefs, races, colors, national origins, ancestries, religion, gender identities or expressions, sexual orientations, physical orientations, physical or mental disabilities, sexes or any other distinguishing characteristics or backgrounds.” (SB225 sec.6.6a). The state language falls woefully short of this goal.
We request that the state revise the regulation language written by activists and include parent groups like Power2Parent as SB225 directs. The process did not follow the law and the product is inadequate.
A Letter to Parents: The Nevada Department of Education Meeting
For the second time in less than a week, parents participated in another marathon 6 hour public meeting. Many of you expressed your concerns and put your opposition on the record. Parents intend to hold the state accountable for the language in this regulation. State Superintendent, Dr. Steve Canavaro, will have the final say on whether or not to move forward with regulation language as it is currently written. While it appears that there will be no changes, we are hopeful that he will consider the hours of public comment that were overwhelmingly in opposition. There may be a workshop to work on the language in the proposal this coming Friday. Power2Parent will have a representative at that workshop and will keep parents and community members informed as we see this process through.
We are grateful for your tireless engagement. To all who attended, testified, called, emailed, and filed complaints, we applaud you. Your efforts have influenced this process greatly. Together we can build momentum and increase our reach across the state. We will hold our elected officials accountable, and see that future bills and laws do not weaken parental rights in the upcoming elections and legislative session.
We are honored by your commitment to protecting every child and preserving parental rights. There are good things to come and we look forward to working with you.
NVDOE Gender Diverse Regulation
While Nevada students and families are enjoying Spring Break one week before Easter, the Nevada Department of Education is holding a public input meeting regarding a policy for transgender kids in Nevada public schools. The policy language to be voted on Friday, March 30, 2018 is unprecedented. Not even California has policies that are this extreme. Under the guise of amending our anti-bullying laws, SB225 is an LGBT activist dream. The language threatens constitutionally protected rights for children and families who attend public, magnet, and charter schools throughout the state of Nevada, mandating that districts create policy focused on gender diverse students, ignores valid privacy concerns in intimate spaces and decimates local control. Read proposed regulation.
This proposal could mandate the following:
Allow unrestricted access to students who identify with the opposite biological gender, infringing on reasonable right to privacy in intimate spaces at school.
Require students to room with another student of the opposite biological sex on overnight field trips, without parental notification.
Allow schools to teach gender theory in the classroom without parental permission.
These policies are radical and dangerous to local control, individual rights, and parental rights. We know that groups like Gender Justice are injecting their activist views into this conversation influencing what our children could be taught at school. These groups embrace a radical sexual agenda aimed teaching this agenda in public school regardless of what parents believe to be true and in many cases, contrary to what is taught at home. One of our most important rights we cherish as parents is the opportunity to pass on our values to our children. One goal of activist groups like Gender Justice Nevada is to take that right away because they believe parents are often the problem instead of the answer.
Parents and community members must engage this process before parents loose these fundamental rights.
We urge you to do two things today:
Call the Attorney General’s office and file an online open meeting law violation complaint, stating that the Department of Education is holding a public input meeting on policy when the public cannot reasonably participate due to Spring Break for Washoe and Clark County School District, and Good Friday.
Thank you for continuing to stand together in defense of parental rights.
Thank You Powerful Parents!
Today was a major win at the Nevada Department of Education. Superintendent Canavero decided that instead of sending their Transgender Regulation through to the Legislative Commission, that he would allow for Clark County School District to hold their Public Input Forum Meetings so that more of the public could weigh in on the issue regarding their new Gender Diverse Policy. It was because of YOUR presence and YOUR testimonies that we were able to avoid this going in on the state level at this time. WE NEED YOU AGAIN!
Starting December 1, 2017, there will be a series of meetings held by the CCSD school board regarding their Gender Diverse Policy (Transgender Policy). As parents, we highly suggest attending at least one of these meetings. We are at a huge crossroads in education here & this puts us, once again, in a place where we need to show up & be heard!
Gender Diverse Public Input Forms for Clark County School District: Friday, December 1, 2017 9:30 – 11:00 A.M. Durango H.S.
Saturday, December 2, 2017 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Western HS Theater
2017 Gender Diverse Policy being pushed by Nevada Department of Education and CCSD:
Senate Bill 225 became law during the previous llegislative session and requires the State Board of Education to have a policy that addresses the needs of transgender and gender diverse students. Over the Thanksgiving weekend, we became aware that the State Board of Education is proposing a gender policy this Tuesday, November 28th at 9:00 a.m.The meeting will be held at the Nevada Department of Education located at 9890 S. Maryland Pkwy. The state's policy, if approved, will mandate the following: 1. Require all students be taught that gender is a feeling, not a biological reality. (sec.3e) 2. Require students use gender neutral pronouns for a gender-fluid student. (sec.3c) 3. May require students be familiar with definitions like “pan-sexual,” “two-spirited,” “genderqueer or genderless” and be tested on that knowledge. (sec. 3k)
Requiring students to use made up pronouns like “ze” violates free speech by mandating children to say things that are not true, like referring to a single person as “they.” This policy is not about creating a “safe and respectful learning environment,” it is about a politically correct agenda that is harmful to children and families. We urge parents and partners to read section three of the proposed language with special attention to subsections (c), (e) and (k). https://www.leg.state.nv.us/Register/2017Register/R099-17P.pdf 3(c) Measures to ensure that each person governed by the policy, including, without limitation, each employee, volunteer and pupil, uses the names and pronouns chosen by persons with diverse gender identities or expressions in all verbal and written communications with such persons; 3(e) Measures to ensure access to academic courses and services that are appropriate for and supportive of pupils with diverse gender identities or expressions, including, without limitation: (1) Curriculum, classroom activities, physical education, field trips, assemblies, dances, ceremonies and other school activities that are appropriate for pupils with diverse gender identities and expressions and do not discriminate or segregate according to gender identity or expression; 3(k) Requirements for the use of appropriate definitions terminology to describe the requirements, needs and experiences of persons with diverse gender identities or expressions; Our community needs answers. Will teachers be allowed to refer to children as boys and girls? Will history class need to include lessons on LGBTQ icons? Will English curriculum be altered to teach gender neutral pronouns like xe, xem, and xyrs so students can use them with correct verb agreement? Parents in the Clark County School District are adamantly opposed to teaching children that gender is a feeling rather than a biological reality. SB 225 requires that we have a policy but does not require that we teach gender ideology. We insist that any policy adopted by the state or local level must include a provision that gender ideology will not be part of any curriculum in any school. Affirming individual lifestyle choices in regular classes is beyond the scope of educating children on core subjects, contradicts science, violates free speech, and conflicts with deeply held beliefs.
Clark County School District voted in the 2015 Legislative Session in Nevada to enact a new Anti-Bullying Law (SB) 504. This bill serves to institute laws to protect children against bullying but also sets forth a dangerous precedent regarding the ability for students to use the restroom or locker room of their choice depending on what they believe their gender to be. It has also forced the school district to create a Gender Diverse Policy in general.
Fast forward to 2017 and those of us in the Clark County School District have been waiting to hear from the Board of Trustees on how they will implement this portion of the law. In response, the district has created a working group to receive input on how to do this. Updates will be posted as they come.
We encourage all parents to stay informed on school district board meetings. You can always comment during the open comments section regarding any school policies you may have issue with: