Last Thursday, the Port Angeles School Board met to vote on whether or not to make school bathrooms gender neutral. The vote would have determined if a boy who says he is a girl should be allowed to use the girls’ restroom (and same for girls who say they are boys). However, the school board decided to table the vote indefinitely (for more information about the meeting, click here).
The vote was tabled due to the numerous calls and emails sent to the school board in response to the vote, prior to Thursday night. These calls came from the citizens of Port Angeles who were upset with the fact that the school board would even be making this decision. This isn’t a state-wide decision; this is happening at the local level with school districts.
During election years, most people tend to focus on the state or federal elections, but local elections also have a huge impact on our state. So what can we do to make a difference? Are local elections too small to make a difference? If we elect like-minded people into local offices, their decisions will make an impact on the rest of the state.
Stories like the Port Angeles School Board have been occurring around the nation, and once again, a school district in Washington was faced with this issue. If a similar situation happens in your school district, please let us know and we will help get the word out and alert your community.