Schools slowly work to protect transgender students



June 20, 2019 - 10:25 AM

Transgender Wichita middle school teacher Kendall Hawkins has advocated for better protections for transgender students in the district. Photo by STEPHAN BISAHA

Wichita Public Schools is considering adding explicit protections for transgender students and staff this year.

Public speakers told the district’s school board on Monday that they want to see the nondiscrimination policy updated to include gender identity as a protected class. Some were activists; others were moms.

Transgender students shared their own stories of discrimination.

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