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Students and Parents for Privacy v. Township High School District No. 211

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Summary

Township High School District 211 in Palatine, Illinois, disregarded student privacy and safety when it secretly opened its schools’ restrooms to the opposite sex and then opened the girls’ locker room to a boy after the U.S. Department of Education under the Obama administration threatened the district’s federal funding. The agency based its threat on its inaccurate interpretation of Title IX, a 1972 federal law whose accompanying regulations, contrary to the agency’s opinion, actually authorize schools to retain single-sex restrooms and locker rooms.


Additional Resources

 

Video: ADF files suit to protect student privacy

Press conference video (2016-05-04)

Jeremy Tedesco: The difference between privacy rights in abortion and same-sex locker rooms cases (Daily Signal, 2016-07-21)

Matt Sharp: ACLU misses mark on student privacy...by ignoring it (Chicago Tribune, 2016-05-25)

Matt Sharp: No, federal law does not require entities to allow men into women’s restrooms (CNS News, 2016-04-26)

Matt Sharp: Girls sharing showers with boys at public schools (CNS News, 2015-12-15)

 

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Christiana Holcomb
Christiana Kiefer
Senior Counsel
Christiana (Holcomb) Kiefer serves as senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, where she is a key member of the Center for Conscience Initiatives.