Transgender wisdom

Mount Desert Island school district officials are to be congratulated for the way in which they have approached policies involving transgender students. Rather than adopting a set of hard and fast rules, they have embraced a looser set of guidelines that grants maximum flexibility to front line administrators who have to live with their decisions. No set of rules can possibly anticipate every situation and scenario. The best approach is on-the-scene common sense and fairness.

It now will be up to the members of the school committees in each member town to decide whether or not to adopt the guidelines. Considering the enormous amount of time and energy district officials have spent on this issue, in consultation with lawyers and counselors, we are hopeful they will embrace the guidelines with enthusiasm.

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