Michigan is the latest state bracing for a debate over transgender accommodation in public schools, as a Republican lawmaker is confronting a sweeping State Board of Education policy about to take effect and crafting legislation designed to empower parents and protect the privacy of all students. In February, the Michigan State Board of Education quietly passed a new transgender policy for K-12 public schools.

“When we found out about it, it was almost down to the end as far as time for public comment,” said State Sen. Tom Casperson, who is drafting legislation to address the policy. “They had set this policy and put it in motion back in February. In February, they said they would take public comment until April 11th.” Only discovering the proposed policy change in recent days, Casperson said he had no choice but to take the lead publicly on the issue. READ MORE