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An Open Letter to FCPS: The necessity of adding a non-binary option on school-related forms

A third option is necessary when selecting gender on school-related forms.

by Beau Cameron, Co-Editor-in-Chief

January 22, 2019

Dear FCPS: In 2019, the District of Columbia’s public school system will apply a third gender marker on their enrollment forms, allowing students to select “non-binary” rather than male or female when indicating the child’s gender. Almost all public school districts in Maryland and the D.C. region include gender identity as a protected class in their non-discrimina...

Trans rights are human rights: A rally at the BOE for trans protection in schools

A symbol of hope is raised by Nick DeSalvio above a sea of trans-rights ralliers.

by Beau Cameron, Managing Editor

March 10, 2017

On March 8th, hundreds of students, teachers, and parents gathered outside the Board of Education for the first Frederick Transgender rights rally. Organized by James Vankuilenburg, transgender male and student president of Governor Thomas Johnson High School’s Gay Straight Alliance, the group addressed t...

FCPS testing refusal policy doesn’t change underlying problem with testing

by Emily Reed, Editor

September 28, 2016

Chances are that you have never heard of the new Frederick County Public Schools Board of Education policy on testing that was passed on August 24th, 2016. Unfortunately, Policy 511 will not bring about any major change to the status quo. The policy states that FCPS recognizes that a student, at the ...

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