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Earlier this year, fourteen parents of children in the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) filed a lawsuit alleging district policies regarding transgender students purposefully keeps parents in the dark about what their child is doing in this regard and even encourages staff to deceive parents, if necessary. The district has asked the court to dismiss the case and is arguing that if it goes forward the names of the parents should not be kept anonymous as the original filing requested. An initial hearing in the case is scheduled before a Dane County Judge on Tuesday, May 26.­­

The school district has a fundamental misconception. Children do not belong to the state nor to one of its agencies—in this case a public school. Children belong to their parents, who are responsible for them in every way. Nothing should be withheld from parents of minor children. It is the height of arrogance for the district to persist in claiming their policies are right and these parents are wrong.

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