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After transgender flap, East Aurora working to form alternative policy

Updated: October 27, 2012 3:51PM

AURORA — In the wake of rescinding a district policy designed to protect the rights of transgender students, the East Aurora School District has decided to form a committee that will address the creation of an alternative policy.

The East Aurora Board of Education is selecting a group of community members and educators who will work together as an ad hoc committee to focus on safeguards against bullying and discrimination throughout the district.

Committee members will be announced before the group’s first meeting, at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at the School Service Center, 417 Fifth St. in Aurora. The committee’s future meeting schedule will be determined on that date, school officials said.

The School Board will select the committee members to be involved in the policy-making process, but meetings will be open to the public.

School District spokesman Clayton Muhammad said anyone with suggestions can send their thoughts to, or call 630-299-5550 during regular business hours.

The board adopted a policy on the rights of transgender students on Oct. 15. The policy created a stir locally and on the Internet, and the board rescinded it four days later.

The committee will determine “a policy that will serve as a safeguard against bullying and discrimination at all of our schools in East Aurora School District,” Muhammad said.

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