Teachers union instructs educators to destroy documents of students' gender identities: Report

Posted 29 days ago


Parents in a Colorado school district expressed outrage after a report said the local teachers union sent out an email to its members instructing them to get rid of evidence of students' transgender information, according to a CBS report.

The Jefferson County Education Association (JCEA) email explained to teachers that if they surveyed students on their gender identities, that information should not be stored in records, in a CBS report headlined, "Controversy erupts in Jefferson County after the teachers union tells educators to destroy evidence of student surveys regarding gender identity."

The email said, "if you do a questionnaire, please make it a paper and pencil activity - any digital records are more permanent and may be requested under federal law."

Under the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), parents have the right to inspect and review their student's education records maintained by a school.

The union elaborated on how teachers may be able to avoid such record disclosures. The email said, "make your notations about students and not hold on to the documents."

A local mom, Denise Crawford, said the district sent out an email explaining that surveys soliciting such information would violate FERPA if done without parental knowledge.

Crawford then explained to CBS that when her son was given a gender identity survey, she felt, "Deceived, lied to, taken advantage of."... (Read more)